Monthly Archives: December 2012

About ASA

We are a private consulting group, specializing in identifying, researching and refining tools, techniques and technology to assist students with autism in the transition between late childhood and early adulthood. With fewer than 30% of high school graduates with autism able to find and keep fulltime employment[1], the need is immediate and is expected to become more urgent year by year until we find solutions that work. So that’s what we do.

We understand that the needs of students with autism change as they move through the K-12 school system. We apply research-based tools to pinpoint a need and match it to a solution. Our toolbox is comprehensive and includes the following:

  • User interviews, observation and analysis
  • User and domain analysis
  • Expert review
  • Requirements elicitation and elaboration
  • Usability and acceptance testing
  • Traceability matrices

If public schools are supplying the majority of services to the disabled, it makes sense to adapt those services to grow self-sufficiency by the time special needs students are adults, so they can function as independently as possible once they age out of the public education system.

Early intervention helps preschoolers learn to navigate the elementary classroom successfully. Similar intervention and adaptation should continue throughout K-12. It should adapt to the student’s abilities and strengths as he or she develops. Since the preschooler matures to a school-age child and then an adult, it makes sense to assume that his or her needs will change and mature as well.

School-age intervention is an area of emerging interest and attention because the first generation of students who benefited from intensive early intervention is now in middle and high school. While they have the foundational skills they needed as elementary school students, they now face new challenges including, but not limited to, these:

  • Time management
  • Decision making
  • Personal hygiene, grooming
  • Social skills/etiquette
  • Personal organization

We see the need, and we have the expertise to help innovators provide the solutions that will bring skills, knowledge, confidence and satisfaction to everyone affected by autism.



[1] http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/05/09/peds.2011-2864