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Transitioning to adulthood: interview with Dr Elizabeth Barrett

Dr Elizabeth Barrett is a parent and advocate for her autistic son, Dylan, for whom she was sole carer until his transition to adult residential care in July 2015. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Education at Sheffield Hallam University and a poet, as well writing a blog about living with(out) autism. In this interview Elizabeth discusses the challenges facing autistic people and their families when transitioning to adulthood.

Elizabeth kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the NAS Professional conference in March this year. We asked her a series of questions - you can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.

Full interview

Individual question clips

1. Can you tell us how you first became interested in autism?
2. Can you tell us more about your current work?
3. What are the main challenges of supporting a child with SLD and autism through transition to adulthood?
4. How can services best support both the young adult and their carers?
5. How can we ensure non-verbal young people get the transition pathway that they want – e.g. supported living, residential, further education etc.
6. You wrote a blog about your autistic son’s transition to adult residential services. How was the transition experience for both of you?

Author: Dr Elizabeth Barrett

Date added: 28 July 2016