Research on Family-Centered Transition Planning by NH and ME UCEDDs

Janet May assisting a student from the Summer Work for ME project to fill out an online form.The University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability and the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies collaborated on two federally-funded projects to design and demonstrate a sustainable family-centered transition planning model for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Outcomes of a Family-Centered Transition Process for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2012) (PDF) – This study assessed the effectiveness of a transition planning approach that empowers students with ASD and their families, educates them about the transition process, and helps them connect with community resources.

Person-Centered Planning for Transition-Aged Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2014) (PDF) – This study explores strategies and supports used to help transition-aged youth with ASD participate in person-centered transition planning meetings. Implications for the use of this planning process by rehabilitation counselors involved in transition are discussed.