Transition Services for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum in Australia

Pillay, Yosheen and Brownlow, Charlotte and March, Sonja ORCID: (2021) Transition Services for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum in Australia. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 56 (1). pp. 101-111. ISSN 2154-1647


The aim of this study was to explore the barriers and facilitators during the transition to adulthood for young adults on the autism spectrum, from the perspectives of service providers. Fourteen disability service providers participated in two focus groups. Focus group data were analysed using thematic analysis resulting in two themes relative to transition support: Autism Spectrum Disorder Specific Challenges and Organisational Influences. The findings showed that government and organisational pressure in meeting key performance indicators influenced the quality of service provider support. The autism specific challenges theme highlighted school; community and employer focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder as a deficit with these individuals affecting the cost-benefits ratio. Implications of the findings highlight the need for Autism Spectrum Disorder skilled service providers to facilitate a targeted service delivery to support the heterogeneity in individual, social, communication, and behavioural challenges in young adults on the autism spectrum.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2021 06:04
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2021 08:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transition, Autism, service providers, education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment

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