Hagner, Kurtz, May, and Cloutier (NH and ME UCEDDs) Publish Person-Centered Transition Planning Research

April 29, 2014

David Hagner, Alan Kurtz, Janet May, and Heidi Cloutier have published a research study, "Person-Centered Planning for Transition-Aged Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders," in the National Rehabilitation Association's Journal of Rehabilitation (2014, Volume 80, No. 1, 4-10). Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often face obstacles to participation in person-centered planning, including high levels of anxiety, and difficulties with social interaction and communication. This study explores strategies and supports used to help transition-aged youth with ASD participate more actively in their person-centered transition planning meetings. Implications for the use of this planning process by rehabilitation counselors involved in transition are discussed.

The co-authors, from the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability and the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, are collaborating on a three-year National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) project (H133G110158), Sustainable Implementation of Family-Centered Transition Planning for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

For more information about this research study, please email David Hagner at david.hagner@unh.edu or Alan Kurtz at alan.kurtz@umit.maine.edu.