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There is alarming evidence that young adults with Autism or Autistic Spectrum Disorders are more likely not to obtain employment or to attend college, beyond a two year school, as compared to students with other types of learning disabilities but without a diagnosis of Autism. A recent study conducted in part by the National Institute of Mental Health published in the June issue of Pediatrics, indicated that, “Compared to youths in other disability categories, those with ASD were less likely to have a job after high school.” See www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2012. This study also found that, “Youths from low-income families were much more likely to become disengaged, regardless of the severity of their disability.” Id. In order to improve the future of these young adults, the study found that it was imperative that better transition planning is needed to be done in high school. The study found, “The researchers emphasized the need to improve transition planning for youths with ASD or other special education needs as they prepare to leave high school.” Id. In our local area, there are several organizations and parent groups that have been working on alternatives for young adults with ASD and other disabilities to assist them in transitioning into adulthood. For more information about transition and transition services, please contact our law firm at info@WarshawLawFirm.com or at (973) 433-2121.