Supporting Transition‐Age Youth & Their Families:
Presented at the Milestones National Austism Conference June, 2019
Karen J. Isher, PhD, LSW (Mandel School, CWRU)
David E. Biegel, PhD (Mandel School, CWRU)
- Growing numbers of adolescents & young adults with ASD.
- Many young persons with ASD are at risk for reduced quality of life in adulthood.
- Across chronic illnesses and disabilities, providing care for a family member can result in family caregiver burden and depression.
- Families of adolescents and young adults with ASD face a variety of stressors, especially during the transition years.
- Examine Service Use of Youth with ASD & Their Family CGs
‐Service use & experiences
‐Facilitators & barriers to service use
‐Gaps in needed services
- Assess CG Burden Among These Family CGs
- Examine Impact of CG Stressors, Appraisals, Resources,and Services Gaps & Barriers on Family CG Outcomes
Also within each: Explore potential differences by family CG demographics and characteristics of youth with ASD.
Primary Findings – Service needs & barriers