Susan GallerFollow


School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Anita Fauber

Primary Subject Area

Education, General; Education, Secondary; Education, Educational Psychology; Health Sciences, Mental Health


ASD, Asperger's Disorder, Autism, Transition and Autism, Young Adults Autism


Education | Educational Psychology | Mental and Social Health | Psychology


The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative research study was to explore how young adults who have an autism spectrum disorder perceive their life choices after secondary education. The focus participants in the sample were young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For the purpose of this research, ASD includes autism and Asperger's Disorder. Participants between the ages of 18 and 33 were located through purposive sampling in the states of Minnesota and Tennessee, as the author has previously worked in these states. Participants were asked five open ended focus questions during the span of two face to face interviews. Questions focused on their experiences of the transition from high school to their current placement and choices in activities, relationships, challenges and supports. The interviews were audio and video-taped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed to determine themes through a causal comparative method.