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Adults with Autism MU researcher highlights the value of self-determination for young adults with autism Dec. 18, 2019 Written by: Brian Consiglio for MU News Bureau  COLUMBIA, Mo. – The independence that comes with growing up can be scary for any teenager, but for young adults with autism spectrum disorder and their caregivers, the transition from adolescence to adulthood can seem particularly daunting. Tasks such as managing one’s own health insurance or applying for a car loan can be especially challenging for individuals with developmental disabilities. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri are working on improving independence for people with autism by setting personalized goals early in adolescence and providing opportunities to achieve those goals. In the new study, Nancy Cheak-Zamora, associate professor in the MU Department of Health Sciences, School of Health Professions, and researcher at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, measured the self-determination of...

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