Dr. Christina Yuknis, and Dr. Raschelle Theoharis of Gallaudet University have written this article about transition planning.
As youth prepare to leave high school and enter college or the workforce, it is an exciting and stressful time for parents. This is especially true when the youth is deaf and has autism, since high school often provides many supports that may not be available in the community, workplace, or college.
This transition to post-secondary life is mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). Although IDEA requires transition plans for youth with disabilities who are at least 16 years of age, little research has been done on the transition needs of deaf youth, especially deaf youth with autism. This article will provide an overview of the transition process and offer tips for helping your child in the transition to adult life.