What is it about?

This paper reports an exploration of social participation of young adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. It describes the barriers and enablers to the activities these young adults want or need to do as they go through transition to adult life. Painting a broad portrait, this study gained insigths from young adults themselves, their caregivers and representatives of community organizations.

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Why is it important?

This paper is important since transition to adult life had not been investigated much with young adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. To help them participate, we must know more on the barriers and enablers related to different aspects of their social participation. This will help orient local, provincial and national policymakers as well as clinicians, educators and researchers in the development of optimal social participation with this population.


This study is the first of a series in this field of research. Although this study had a small sample size, this exploratory study helped develop a research program conducted by Prof. Mélanie Couture (Université de Sherbrooke, CAN). Having this study published means a lot regarding the interest that we can have for health promotion and prevention. Further research will be undertaken to better describe and understand this important social phenomenon.

Mr Pier-Luc Turcotte
Universite de Sherbrooke

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This page is a summary of: Social Participation During Transition to Adult Life Among Young Adults With High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders: Experiences From an Exploratory Multiple Case Study, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, July 2015, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/0164212x.2015.1051641.
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