In late April, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) launched a world-first website called Launchpad that offers young people with autism and their families resources to help these young people transition from school to adult life.
Information on the Launchpad website is divided into the following categories: work; study; social life; becoming independent; health; advocacy and disclosure; and funding support and legal matters.
Content for the website was written by Seana Smith, a writer and a co-author of the original version of the Australian autism handbook, and Vicki Gibbs, a clinical psychologist with Autism Spectrum Australia. Both women have adult children with autism and have themselves faced the challenges of sourcing information and resources to help their children make the transition from school life to adulthood. This website seeks to make that process easier by gathering all the relevant information in one place.
The website was edited by Thomas Kuzma, a young person with autism who is a blogger for Aspect.