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 Missouri - Transition

Picture of map of MissouriMissouri's ASD Youth Coalition brings together individuals with ASD, families and service providers to focus on activities in Missouri that would better support the transition from adolescence to adulthood for those with ASD. The Coalition is focused on developing an ASD-specific training module that would provide an overview of services needed for a successful transition to adulthood for youth with ASD.

The group has also developed a youth transition web page that is currently posted on the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Website. Missouri also has a Youth Advisory Council that is facilitated by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development. It is comprised primarily of youth with special health care needs, including ASD and other developmental disabilities. Council members are now developing materials to help educate youth how to self-advocate for their needs as they transition into adulthood.

Missouri Resources

Rhode Island Resources

Additional Resources

  • Transition to Adult Life Handout
  • Opening Doors: A Discussion of Residential Options for Adults Living with Autism and Related Disorders - This collaborative study by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Arizona, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), the Arizona State University (ASU) Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family and the ASU Herberger Institute School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, focuses on the residential concerns of adults living with autism and related disorders and is designed to advance the development of replicable residential models that offer quality, affordable housing options within the fabric of their communities.
  • Advancing Full Spectrum Housing: Designing for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders - This report, undertaken by faculty and students at the ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family, and ASU's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, introduces housing providers, architects, developers, planners, public officials, and others involved in the residential development industry to conditions and aspirations of adults with ASD that demand a new approach to how we provide, design and develop homes in which they live.
  •  Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide for Military Families – This guide is designed to give each military family the tools and access to information that it needs on its unique life journey through autism.

A Free Online Training Module on Understanding Autism in Young Children is Now Available

This module is an overview of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the criteria used to diagnose children with ASD. Family members, childcare providers, school personnel and others who interact with young children are encouraged to take this training module to learn more about the signs of ASD. The is hosted on the University of Missouri Extension website. To view the training you will need to register for an Extension Passport and select the Understanding Autism course to view. There is no charge for the Passport or to view the training. It is recommended that you bookmark the module once you have logged into to view it. To log back into the module once you have begun it, click here. The module is also available in DVD format for use by training professionals, click to download a dvd order form.

The Understanding Autism training was developed by the Mid-Missouri Rapid Response Initiative, which is funded by the Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities. An online module was created from the training through a partnership with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelpomental Disorders, University of Missouri Extension, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities Office of Autism Services.

For more information about this training module contact: Katie Dunne, M.S., Project Development Specialist
at 573-884-2178 or by e-mail at