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(p. 151) Self-Determination and the Transition to Adulthood for Youth and Young Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder 

(p. 151) Self-Determination and the Transition to Adulthood for Youth and Young Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
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(p. 151) Self-Determination and the Transition to Adulthood for Youth and Young Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Michael L. Wehmeyer

, and Karrie A. Shogren

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190624828.003.0006
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date: 18 July 2018

More than two decades of research and evaluation have established promoting self-determination as an evidence-based practice leading to improved school and transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. This chapter examines self-determination as a critical component of successful transitions to adulthood for youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In exploring these issues, the chapter addresses many topics, including the role of self-determination and student involvement in federal disability law and special education practices. It also discusses how self-determination is understood and conceptualized in psychology and special education and the research establishing the need for and efficacy of promoting self-determination as well as research documenting the impact of promoting self-determination on school and transition outcomes.

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