START Building Your Future Project
Grand Valley State University
The START Building Your Future Project will expand a statewide collaborative effort to provide employment, educational, and community learning opportunities for young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This project involves three components: (1) a discovery process, (2) work with community leaders, and (3) peer mentoring. A long term goal of this project involves establishing a discovery portfolio platform for all individuals with ASD starting early in their school career that will support transitions throughout school and into adulthood. Funding from Autism Speaks will allow expansion of the technical assistance to additional sites as well as creation of materials for dissemination of the model.