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The teenage years are a critical time for students with autism or related disabilities. IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) requires that schools work with students receiving special education services to develop a Transition IEP (Individualized Education Program) no later than 14 years of age. This document serves as a guide for school-based services that assist the family in the process of planning for the move from school to community life. Education and experiences during the teen years should prepare students for their next environments such as employment, vocational training, college, and navigating the community. School districts offer transition services such as employment experiences, community-based instruction, and life skills instruction to assist families in preparing for this transition. Students receiving special education services may be able to attend school until their 22nd birthday. CARD's Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs will support you through the teen years by providing the information and resources needed to plan for the future during this critical time. We offer social and support groups, community events, and trainings and workshops which allow both parents and teens to connect with each other while learning valuable information.

For more information, email For Miami-Dade or Monroe call 305.284.6563. For Broward call 954.262.7111.


Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) is a national consortium of organizations working together to promote a collaborative spirit and develop both public and private sector support that improve the lives of adults living with autism.

Autism After 16 provides articles and links to resources addressing topics related to planning for life after high school.

Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.

Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic is a University of Miami clinic that provides screenings, evaluations, therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and social skill groups.

FYI Transition is an interactive website that uses video modules and avatars to provide students, caregivers, and professionals with information about transition planning.

General Information Resources and Referrals
     • Switchboard of Miami (Miami-Dade)
     • First Call for Help (Broward)
     • Keys Helpline (Monroe)

Organization for Autism Research has developed a transition planning guide, Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood.

Project 10 (Transition Education Network) is the Florida Department of Education’s hub of information related to transition for students with disabilities.

The Wallet Card Project is a free tool for teenagers and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is designed to help them communicate clearly with law enforcement or first responders. The Wallet Card Project is collaboration between the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD), the Coral Gables Police Department, and Disability Independence Group (DIG). To download a copy of The Wallet Card brochure, please click here

Wright’s Law provides information about Transition IEPs including the functional and academic goals, as well as the types of diplomas available.


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