The challenge of independent living for teens with autism spectrum disorders looms large as they grow closer to aging out of the education system. The transition from high school to college can be even more daunting for teens with autism than it is for most students.

Independent Living for Teens with AutismIn Pennsylvania alone, experts estimate a 600 percent increase in the number of adults with autism, citing data from the 2009 census and reports by the commonwealth Bureau of Autism.

“Little kids are the face of autism,” said the Center for Independent Living’s autism specialist Mike Williams. “Those little kids are (now) going to college and becoming adults.”

The Center for Independent Living offers assistance to ease the transition. A five week program allows high school juniors and seniors on the spectrum and their parents to work with Williams and another autism specialist Jeanne Brolan for individualized, one on one guidance and training.

Continue reading

Related articleIndependent Living for Teens with Autism