About the Study

The ROAD Ahead Study focuses on high school students on the autism spectrum who plan graduate high school with a regular high school diploma. We have completed the first phase of this study, which included focus groups and an online survey with school personnel to better understand the interventions and support provided to these students. We are currently conducting a short-term longitudinal study with parents and students on the autism spectrum to identify the predictors of optimal post-school outcomes for this population.

The primary goals of the study are to:

  1. Understand the interventions and supports that parents and special educators use to teach diploma-track students on the autism spectrum how to manage the responsibilities of adulthood
  2. Identify factors that predict optimal post-school outcomes for this population, focusing on the ability to self-manage the responsibilities of adulthood

We are now recruiting (1) high schoolers on the autism spectrum and their parents, and (2) autistic young adults in the United States!

1. High schoolers on the autism spectrum and their parents in the United States

We are currently recruiting high school students on the autism spectrum in the United States and their parents to complete online surveys. We are interested in learning about their life in high school and their hopes for their life after high school.

Study participation: If you are willing to participate, we will send you each an online questionnaire. For youth participants, it should take around 1 hour to complete. For parents, it should take around 20 minutes.

Gift card compensation: You will each receive an Amazon gift card (youth: $25, parents: $15) after you complete your online questionnaire.

If interested: Please contact us at buroad@bu.edu if you and your high schooler are willing to participate, or if you have any questions about the study. If you are interested, the next step will be to schedule a time to complete a brief phone screening, to determine whether your high schooler is eligible for the study.

2. Autistic young adults (aged 18-29) in the United States

We are currently recruiting autistic young adult participants (aged 18-29) to complete online surveys and an optional interview. We are interested in learning about your life in adulthood (like your work, school, and community activities).

Study participation: If you are willing to participate, we will send you an online questionnaire. This should take around 1 hour to complete. You will be able to complete it in multiple sittings.

Then, if you are interested, we would schedule an optional interview with you on Zoom at a time that is convenient for you. The interview will take between 30 minutes – 1 hour.

For this study, you can choose to only complete the online questionnaire and not participate in the interview.

Gift card compensation: You will receive a $25 Amazon gift card after you complete the online questionnaire. For completing the optional interview, you will receive an additional $25 Amazon gift card.

If interested: Please contact us at buroad@bu.edu if you are willing to participate, or if you have any questions about the study. If you are interested, the next step will be to schedule a time to complete a brief phone screening, to determine whether you are eligible for the study.