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Secondary Resources

Many organizations and agencies have developed resources related to postsecondary education and employment. The list below contains valuable information that you may find useful as you support students preparing to transition from secondary educational settings to postsecondary education or competitive employment.

Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit

Autism Speaks has developed tools to help adolescents in their transition to adulthood. The Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on this journey and covers the topics of self-advocacy, transition plans, community living, employment options, housing, legal matters, and more.



Eight Steps to School-Based Employment Training for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities

Journal Article. Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services – Juliet E. Hart Barnett and Robert Crippen

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Forward Motion Employment Guides

Barbara Bissonnette, Principal of Forward Motion, has written several guides on employment that can be downloaded at no charge from the Forward Motion Website. Topics covered include disclosing Asperger's Syndrome to an employer, how to get a job for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, and others.


National Autism Center: Resources

The National Autism Center has made free resources available through their online library.  These resources include a guide on using evidence-based practices in schools, national standards reports, and many others.

National Autism Center Resources Webpage



National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC)

The NPDC provides a number of modules that introduce evidence-based practices including some that can be used to teach students with ASD to preform new skills.  Each module can be accessed independently and provides guidance on one specific best-practice. 

NPDC: Evidence Based Practices Webpage


Support Changes from High School to College

The following document provides an overview of general differences between legislation, services, and supports available in secondary compared to postsecondary education.  This document is useful for developing proper expectations for students with ASD transitioning to secondary education and demonstrating the importance of self-advocacy when entering a postsecondary setting. 

Support Changes from High School to College


Syllabus Review

This document is designed to guide students with ASD in identifying key points on a syllabus.  The document can also be used as a self-assessment for instructors and administrators reviewing syllabi to ensure they are organized, understandable, and promote accessibility.

Syllabus Review


When Should I Disclose My Autism

This document provides a list of considerations and some helpful suggestions for students who face the decision to disclose their ASD to others.  While designed for students with ASD, this resource is also valuable for secondary professionals who are promoting self-advocacy.

When Should I Disclose My Autism Document