Adulthood

The transition to adult life is a big step for the person with ASD and for their family.  Following the transition out of high school individuals and families find themselves learning to navigate adult life, where fewer formal supports, such as public school, are available.  We will be continually adding information to this section of the website to help adults with ASD and their families access the supports and services needed to achieve success in adult life.

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Connecting with people who share similar life experiences is important for all of us.  The groups below offer an opportunity for teens and adults with ASD to get together.

 

Bethany

All Star Bowling (all ages)
Program of AutismOklahoma.org
Every Saturday at 1pm
AMF Windor Lanes
4600 NW 23rd Street, OKC
Contact: debra@autismoklahoma.org


Edmond

Teen2Teen (12 - 16 years)
Contact: Jennifer.Henry@edmondschools.net

Avengers of Autism (17-24 years)
Contact: crystal@autismoklahoma.org

Heroes (25 years and up)
Contact: crystal@autismoklahoma.org

All above groups meet as part of EdmondAutism monthly meetings,
A program of AutismOklahoma.org
Second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 - 8:30
First Presbyterian Church of Edmond


Norman

Teen Connection (13 - 18 years)
Program of AutismOklahoma.org
Second Monday of every month from 6:30 - 8:30
Contact: alicia@autismoklahoma.org


Tulsa

Teen Connections (middle and high school age)
Program of TARC
Fourth Wednesday of each month from 4:30 - 6:00
TARC office at 2516 E. 71st St, Suite A
Contact: Sherilyn or Jae at 918.582.8272

Links (Adults with Asperger's syndrome)
Program of TARC
Third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00
TARC office at 2516 E. 71st St, Suite A
Contact: Jae at 918.582.8272 or jkaye@ddadvocacy.net


Yukon

Teen Connection (13 - 18 years)
Connection Point (18 years and up)
Above groups meet as part of AutismCanadianValley monthly meeting,
A program of AutismOklahoma.org
Second Tuesday of every month from 7:00 - 9:00
Church of Christ South Yukon
Contact: trina@autismoklahoma.org

Finding and  maintaining employment is one sign of success in adult life.  However, for many individuals with ASD employment can be a challenge.  Success in employment looks different for each person, ranging from part to full time working for a company, individual, or for oneself.  Regardless of the level of employment or the skill level of the person with ASD, many people require some level of support to experience success in this area. 

High School Students

Youth preparing for the transition out of high school should have a transition plan included as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  This plan may include employment and experiences to prepare the student for work.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that transition services be in effect not later than the student’s ninth grade year or by the age of 16, whichever occurs first.  The Oklahoma State Department of Education has additional information about this process available on their website at http://sde.ok.gov/sde/secondary-transition .    

Adults

Individuals with ASD may begin the search for employment at some point after high school.  Some individuals find employment but find they need some level of support along the way, particularly if expectations at their job change and require skills that are challenging for the person.   An individual m ay find the support they need through a friend or family member, through a counselor or therapist, or through the Human Resources Department at their place of employment.  Additional resources that may be of help are provided below. 

Oklahoma Agency Resources

  • The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) assists high-school students and adults with disabilities by expanding opportunities for employment, independent life, and economic self-sufficiency.  High-school students or adults can access DRS services through an application process.  For details about DRS services view their website or call 1.800.487.4042.
     
  • The Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services provides Community Integrated Employment (CIE) to individuals with intellectual disabilities.  You can learn more about this program at their website.

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