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Adulthood – For Autistic Adults

Guidance for Autistic Adults

The Autism Society of North Carolina offers guidance and support for autistic adults who are seeking information and resources about autism in adulthood. If you have any questions at any point of the autism journey, please reach out to one of our knowledgeable Autism Resource Specialists around the state. They offer expert advice for any questions you may have about autism in adulthood.


An autistic adult who is enjoying coffee and working from home.

Autistic Adults To-Do:

1) Implement post-high school plans:

  • Transition component of IEP
  • Secondary school options
  • Transition Programs (such as IGNITE)
  • Employment (What do I envision as my employment path?
  • Do I need help finding/maintaining employment?)
  • Housing (Where do I envision living? Do I have the skills to live alone? Do I need assistance with bills/daily tasks?)
  • Guardianship (Should I have a guardian? Am I able to make my own decisions regarding healthcare and needs? Do I need assistance and supports?)
  • Supports (What types of supports do I need to thrive?)
  • Social life (What do I want my social life to look like? How will I build relationships?)

2) Connect with ARS for adult resources

3) Continue to research and implement appropriate therapies depending on the adult’s needs.

4) Consider what makes a meaningful day – college, trade school, volunteering, employment, day center, clubs/interest groups.

5) Explore accommodations for employment.

6) Share our resources for parents and caregivers.

Residential Options