Becoming an Adult
The following resources are based on evidence-based approaches to preparing young adults for transition from secondary education. Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., Organization of Autism Research, is considered one of the leading researchers, scholars, and clinicians around adult issues with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
Organization for Autism Research
International Expert on Autism & Adult Services and Supports
ABA and Older Learners with Autism: Applications to Promote Competence and Quality of Life. Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., Organization for Autism Research.
Link to presentation: ABA and Older Learners with Autism Presentation
Autism through the Lifespan: Transition to Adulthood for Learners with ASD (YouTube Video). Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
Bridges to Adulthood for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Targeting Skills for the Next Environment. Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., Organization for Autism Research.
Interview with Dr. Peter Gerhardt on Adult Issues and Developmental Disabilities: Autism Now: Dr. Peter Gerhardt Extended Interview; PBS Newshour,
Life Journey through Autism: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood. DANYA International, Organization for Autism Research, and SARRC.
Needs of Adults with Autism (About.com). (From the webpage): Dr. Peter Gerhardt is President of the Organization for Autism Research, and a specialist in the needs of adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This article covers critical issues of adults on the autism spectrum. He graciously submitted this piece, adapted from the 2011 article entitled “Addressing the needs of adolescents and adults with autism: A crisis on the horizon.” The article was published in the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 41(1), 37-45.
Sexuality & Sexuality Instruction with Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities. A presentation on international expert on adults with autism, Dr. Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D, Director, The McCarton Upper School (http://mccartonfoundation.org/school/about-the-school/).
Workshop and presentation material: http://www.howard-autism.org/docs/Workshops/Gerhardt.pdf.
Sexuality and Autism—Sex Education for Children and Teens with Autism (About.com). Peter Gerhardt. Ed.D. Information referenced by Dr. Peter Gerhardt.