Adult Services

There are an estimated 50,000 children and adults with autism in Michigan. The Autism Alliance of Michigan participating in subcommittees of the Michigan Autism Council and partnering with organizations across the state to develop a statewide model for the Adult Services in Michigan.

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.

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. Link:

Bridges to Adulthood for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Targeting Skills for the Next Environment. Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., Organization for Autism Research. Presentation link:

Interview with Dr. Peter Gerhardt on Adult Issues and Developmental Disabilities: Autism Now: Dr. Peter Gerhardt Extended Interview; PBS Newshour, Link:

Life Journey through Autism: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood. DANYA International, Organization for Autism Research, and SARRC. Link to document:

Needs of Adults with Autism ( (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. Link:

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 ( Workshop and presentation material:

Sexuality and Autism—Sex Education for Children and Teens with Autism ( Peter Gerhardt. Ed.D. Information referenced by Dr. Peter Gerhardt.

The following organizations provide supports and information about employment for individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism.

VCI Rehabilitation Research and Training Center: Established in 1983, VCU-RRTC serves as a center of national excellence, providing resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives. For over 30 years, we have been at the forefront of the supported employment and workplace supports movements. Their team of nationally and internationally renowned researchers is committed to developing and advancing evidence-based practices to increase the hiring and retention for individuals with disabilities.

SAP: SAP Looks to Recruit People With Autism as Programmers and Product Testers German software company SAP is looking to recruit people with autism as programmers and product testers, drawing on skills that can include a close attention to detail and an ability to solve complex problems. Click the link above to read more.

Housing can be a major challenge for individuals with autism. Preparing for living with roommates or independently involves extensive thought and planning. The following are resources pertaining to living arrangements. More will be added to this page as this initiative continues to grow.

Getting my Own Address for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities. Transition is also one of the collaborative initiatives AAoM is pursuing with other autism advocacy organizations throughout the state. One significant initiative involved the Community Housing Network in SE Michigan creating a comprehensive yet simple guide to plan for housing in communities where individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism, choose to live. The name of this project is “Getting My Own Address for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities”. This is a wonderful, detailed, and easy-to-follow guide for any family planning a transition. AAoM hopes to work closely with the Autism Society of Oakland County in increasing awareness of this outstanding tool.

The “Getting My Own Addres” (GMOA) guide can be reviewed, printed, or downloaded at: Getting My Own Address Home Page

Link: Getting My Own Address.

Homes for Autism. Homes for Autism provides and maintains houses for adults with autism and developmental disabilities. Link: Homes for Autism

Listed below are links to resources and helpful information in the area of Adult Services and Supports.

We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

MSU Libraries: Grants for Disabled Individuals Navigating College Handbook

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