Supporting Teens and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Setting and Pursuing Self-Determined Goals

This toolkit consists of FREE interactive online course materials and a downloadable PDF to help people who support teens and young adults on the autism spectrum as they set and pursue self-determined goals. To access the online course materials, you will need to register with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Portal. There is no cost to register or access these materials.

This toolkit may be useful for parents, caregivers, teachers, siblings, service providers, and others interested in supporting teens and young adults in pursuing self-determination.

This Tookkit was developed and written by T. A. McDonald, PhD, and Beth Malow, MD, MS, with input from Julie Lounds Taylor, PhD., Whitney Loring, Psy D., and Ivy Chen, B.A. Debbie Wofford coordinated the development of the Toolkit. We are grateful for the review and suggestions by many, including young adults on the autism spectrum and the people who support them. Graphic Services provided the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development supported by an NICHD core grant.

This project was conducted in collaboration with the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering and was supported in part by an HHMI Professor grant to Vanderbilt University, in support of Professor Keivan Stassun, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Science Education Program.

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