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National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood

An in-depth report on outcomes of young adults with autism following high school

Paul Shattuck

Anne Roux, Jessica Rast, Julianna Rava, Kristy Anderson, Paul Shattuck


Access to Services, Community and Social Participation, Education, Employment, Health and Mental Health, Living Arrangements, Safety and Risk, Transition to Adulthood

Indepth Report

Data Source
National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS-2)

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Key Findings

What do we know about how youth with autism are faring as they enter young adulthood?
Do they have the help they might need to transition successfully into positive outcomes?


Young adults with autism have a difficult time following high school for almost any outcome you choose - working, continuing school, living independently, socializing and participating in the community, and staying healthy and safe. To complicate matters, many of these youth begin their journey into adulthood by stepping off a services cliff. Access to needed supports and services drops off dramatically after high school - with too many having no help at all.

Suggested Citation

Roux, Anne M., Shattuck, Paul T., Rast, Jessica E., Rava, Julianna A., and Anderson, Kristy A. National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood. Philadelphia, PA: Life Course Outcomes Research Program, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University, 2015.