Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships: Supporting a Successful Transition to Adulthood for Students with Autism

Wed, May 23, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The transition to adulthood is a critical juncture for students with autism. Educators and other professionals can play a powerful role in equipping these youth with the skills, experiences, supports, and linkages students need to have a future of flourishing. But what practices should we adopt as schools? What partnerships should we pursue? What might make a real difference in the trajectories of our students with autism? This session will address research-based and recommended practices in the areas of transition assessment, transition planning, rigorous instruction, relevant experiences, fostering relationships, community linkages, and program evaluation. Attendees will leave with practical tools, resources, and ideas for supporting their students in effective ways.

Erik Carter

Dr. Erik Carter is a Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His research, teaching, and writing focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting inclusion, belonging, and relationships in school, work, community, and congregational settings for children and adults with intellectual disability, autism, and multiple disabilities. He has published widely in the areas of educational and transition services for individuals with disabilities, including nearly 200 articles/chapters and 6 books. He has received research awards from the Council for Exceptional Children, the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. He leads the Transition Tennessee Project and the Tennessee Works Partnership. He lives outside Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and three children.

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