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Transition Tool Kit

The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.

The guiding principle that we used in developing this kit is that all individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live a life filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness. This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out on this journey toward finding your child's own unique path to adulthood.

Transition Tool Kit Sections

Developing Independent Living Skills
Planning for Transition
Legal Matters to Consider
Community Living
Employment and Other Options
Postsecondary Educational Opportunities
Housing and Residential Supports

Download the Transition Tool Kit

Anyone can download the Transition Tool Kit for free! You can also view a PDF of each section by clicking on the links above. 

Click here to download the entire kit!

Order the Transition Tool Kit

Family members of adolescents and young adults with autism between the ages of 13 and 22 in the United States may request a complimentary hard copy of the Transition Tool Kit by filling out the Transition Tool Kit order form. For professionals, service providers, and family members of individuals with autism outside the U.S. and those who do not fall in the age range, we encourage you to download the kit free of charge.

State Timelines

Since the transition process is different in each state, we have also developed timelines for each state, with additional information, as well as state agency information that may be helpful to you throughout this process.

Click your state below to view the Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit timeline specific to you and your family:

Alabama - Alaska - Arizona - Arkansas - California - Colorado - Connecticut - DC - Delaware - Florida - Georgia - Hawaii - Idaho - Illinois - Indiana - Iowa - Kansas - Kentucky - Louisiana - Maine - Maryland - Massachusetts - Michigan - Minnesota - Mississippi - Missouri - Montana - Nebraska - Nevada - New Hampshire - New Jersey - New Mexico - New York - North Carolina - North Dakota - Ohio - Oklahoma - Oregon - Pennsylvania - Rhode Island - South Carolina - South Dakota - Tennessee - Texas - Utah - Vermont - Virginia - Washington - West Virginia - Wisconsin - Wyoming

Purchase the Transition Tool Kit

If you would like to purchase a copy of the Transition Tool Kit, you can order it online at the Autism Speaks Store.

Autism Speaks thanks the following supporters whose generous contributions have helped to fund the Transition Tool Kit.








Susan Logan Evensen and Peter Evensen

Jenny and Joe Zarrilli

Have questions? Email the Autism Response Team for information and resources in your local area.

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