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About Autism: Programs, Services, and Resources

Free Online Course: Autism Transition to Adulthood — NEW!

This self-paced noncredit extension course through the University of Missouri is an overview for families and community professionals about the important life skill areas for a successful transition to adult life. Topics for this module include: Community Living Skills, Health and Safety, Education and Training after High School, Employment and Adult Services and Benefits. Resources will also be provided. Participants in this course will be able to:

— Identify key life areas in planning for a successful transition to being an adult.

— Identify when to begin the transition process for each of the key areas.

— Identify resources available to assist families and providers in preparing individuals with ASD for transition to adult life.


Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH), Division of Developmental Disabilities

The MO DMH Division of Developmental Disabilities established Missouri’s Autism Program in 1991. The program provides in-home support services to individuals and families and with autism.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)

NECTAC's autism page provides a wealth of online knowledge and resources in regards to diagnosis, programs, guidelines, and evidence-based practices and children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Project ACCESS

Created in 1985, Project Access was (one of) the first state resource centers for autism in the nation. Funded 100% by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Project ACCESS at Missouri State University provides autism resource information to public schools across Missouri serving students with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) in the form of onsite and telephone consultations, as well as support via the internet. In addition, Project ACCESS designs autism-specific professional development opportunities and trains professional, credentialed individuals to present these courses through Missouri's Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs). These trainings are offered to Missouri school district staff and educators who work with youth ages 0–21 years, who experience ASD and related disabilities. Onsite child-specific consultations can be arranged through the use of Missouri Autism Consultants and district staff can be trained to be In-District Autism Consultants.

Thompson Center, University of Missouri — Columbia

The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri — Columbia was established on April 29, 2005 to promote research, teaching, and service innovations designed to improve the lives of children with ASD and other neurological conditions. The center serves as a resource for families and professionals, providing help today through clinical services and hope for tomorrow through research and professional training.

The purpose of this site is to give families, self-advocates, teachers, health care providers and other professionals an introduction to the process of planning for the transition from adolescence to adulthood. It is also meant to provide resources and options to consider for the future.

The resources provided here address the following:


— General guidance about the process of planning for the transition from adolescence to adulthood
— How youth can be involved in the transition planning process
— Key contacts to make during the transition process
— A roadmap of resources in the areas of community living, health and safety, emergency preparedness, education and training, employment and adult services and benefits planning