OTARC would like to invite adolescents and adults (with or without an ASD) who are in their final year of school, or first year post-school (aged 15-25), to participate in a longitudinal study A unique profile of school leavers with Autism. We are also inviting parents or guardians of these students to be involved.
What are the aims of this study?
The transition from school to adult life for people with autism and their families is one of the most difficult periods to traverse. Services and support are fragmented, and this stage of life for individuals with autism remains poorly coordinated and poorly researched. OTARC Researchers with colleagues from the Autism Cooperative Research Centre (Autism CRC) are together conducting the longitudinal study. The main aim is to better understand the process of transitioning from school to adult life for Australian students with autism and their families.
We would also like to understand how students who DO NOT have autism transition from school to adult life, in order to understand the unique autism profiles and issues associated with this period.
Who can participate in this study?
- 15-25 year olds who have an Autism Spectrum condition
- Students with autism, finishing school or in their first year post-school
- Students without autism finishing school or in their first year post-school
- A parent/guardian of one of the above people.
What is involved?
Participants will be asked to:
- Complete one survey when they first agree to participate, followed by two further surveys, one 12 months later and again at 24 months.
- Young people will be asked to complete questions about themselves.
- Parents will be asked questions about themselves and their child, including questions about wellbeing.
- Survey questions can be completed over the course of a month from commencement date.
- The survey can be completed either online or as a hard-copy paper booklet.
- Those who complete the survey will be entered in a draw to win one of five $50 vouchers.
How can I participate or find out more about this study?
You can contact Dr Lauren Lawson via the SASLA team email: email@example.com