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Autism’s ‘Aging Out’ Crisis

Autism Speaks-funded researcher Paul Shattuck addresses the “services cliff” that families face when kids with autism reach adulthood
July 15, 2014

The following excerpt is from “Aging Out,” as published in Excel: The Research Magazine of Drexel University. Paul Shattuck’s continuing research on factors that promote successful outcomes for young adults with autism expands on an earlier pilot study funded by Autism Speaks

Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund Recipients 2013

Autism Speaks is proud to award $249,000 to 11 postsecondary institutions through the Brian and Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund. Funds were awarded to four-year colleges, two-year colleges, vocational programs and transition programs. Read the press release here.

Learn more about each of the programs, including a quote from each recipient, below:

Students with Autism from Animation Studio Landing Gigs in Hollywood

December 02, 2013

Four students from Exceptional Minds, a non-profit vocational center and animation studio for young adults on the autism spectrum, will appear in the end credits of the upcoming Hollywood film "American Hustle" for their skilled post-production work. The film, due out Dec. 18, is directed by Academy Award-nominated David O.

More and More Colleges Enrolling Students with Disabilities

November 20, 2013

An article in today's Detroit Legal News discussed the progress that has been made recently in terms of individuals with disabilities attending college. Options are expanding and schools are becoming more understanding and accomodating of these individuals, including young adults and adults on the autism spectrum.

Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund

New! The application for this year's Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund is now open! The deadline to apply is October 20th.

The Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund selects eligible colleges, vocational/technical schools and transition programs in the United States to identify qualified students or clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and offer scholarship funds of up to $5,000 per student and $25,000 per program.

Adults with Autism

Autism Speaks Adult Services Resources 
Adults living with autism often have difficulty finding information about programs and supports that would allow them to live as independently as possible. Autism Speaks Housing and Adult Services initiative will focus on resources that impact all facets of adult life including employment, housing, and post-secondary education. 
www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/adults