Improving the transition to adulthood
Autism Speaks is committed to helping people with autism and their families navigate the journey from adolescence to adulthood. Every year an estimated 70,000 autistic adolescents age out of school-based services. Many lose access to critical supports and services as they enter adulthood. We continue to work to identify solutions to address the diverse needs of adults with autism and create opportunities to live life to the fullest.
Here are a few of our FY21 accomplishments:
- Developed an integrated employment system, Workplace Inclusion Now TM (WIN), to support job seekers with autism, communities and employers committed to building a positive workforce culture and improving meaningful employment opportunities for autistic people.
- Reached nearly 1 billion people with messages of employment and inclusion through radio and TV for the Delivering Jobs campaign which is dedicated to creating 1 million pathways to employment and leadership opportunities for people with autism and other disabilities by 2025.
- Implemented a state advocacy priority to lower the required age to begin transition planning from age 16 to 14. Campaigns focused on Alaska, California and Nebraska.