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

Now recruiting: Parents and High School Students on the Autism Spectrum Throughout the United States!

Who: Parents or legal guardians and high school students on the autism spectrum who plan to graduate with a regular high school diploma.

What: Parents will complete online and mailed surveys and a brief phone interview at two time points separated by 18 months. Youth will complete separate online and mailed surveys. Participation should take 30-60 minutes at each time point.

When and Where: From your home, at a time convenient for you.

Parents will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and youth will receive a $15 Amazon gift card at each time point.

This research is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

For more information please contact us at buroad@bu.edu or (617) 353-2060.