Adulting with Autism: Top 10 Resources from the AutismBC Library

By Selina Lim
  • Our Library and Program Coordinator, Allison, has compiled a list of materials including books and DVDs from AutismBC’s library on the theme “Adulting with Autism.”  

    Resources for dealing with increasing school, family, employment, social and emotional demands:  


    1. Jerry Newport – We will outlive you: preparing young autistic students for a lifetime of successful interdependence[DVD] 
    Audience: Parents  

    Jerry Newport

    Jerry Newport is an author and public speaker with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is the author of Mozart and the Whale: An Asperger’s love story, Autism-Asperger’s & sexuality: puberty and beyond and Your life is not a label: a guide to living fully with autism and Asperger’s syndrome for parents, professionals, and you! All of Jerry’s books are available at the AutismBC library.  

    We will outlive you: preparing young autistic students for a lifetime of successful interdependencies an entertaining and insightful look at a difficult topic. In this talk, Jerry  discusses how parents can prepare their children with autism for life after they pass on. He focuses on how parents can help build support networks for their children to help them have a good life. He also discusses how parents can help their children cope with major life stressors, as well as strategies for teaching life skills like chores, money management, and driving or using public transit.  

    2. Asperger Syndrome: transition to college and work: practical steps students can take during high school to prepare for college and the work place. [DVD] 
    Audience: Young adults on the spectrum  

    Asperger Syndrome: transition to college and work

    “The program includes techniques to help students understand their role in the transition process, obtain special education services at the college level, learn to be self-advocates, and focus on finding a career field that uses their interests and talents. The conclusion includes steps students should take during each year of high school.” (Synopsis from the DVD case)  


    3. Your life is not a label: a guide to living fully with Asperger’s Syndrome for parents, professionals and you! by Jerry Newport
    Audience: Autistic adults of all ages  

    Jerry Newport, diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome / High Functioning Autism at age 47, wrote this book for those with developmental disorders, but it resonates with people with any disability. His message: everyone has the power, and the right, to improve the quality of their lives despite their disability. Don’t believe you must be “normal” to be happy; learn to co-exist with neuro-typicals, and become the best human being you can be. Jerry candidly reveals his own failures and successes. His heartfelt advice stems from a deep sense of caring for “his people” on the spectrum. If you read only one personal account about autism, this should be it!” (Synopsis from 

    4. Preparing for life: the complete guide to transitioning to adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by Dr. Jed Baker
    Audience: Parents and professionals 

    Preparing for life is a life skills training handbook for parents and teachers of young adults with ASD. It focuses on developing self-awareness, improving social skills, setting goals, and finding motivation to work toward them. It contains over 70 activities for building skills in social interaction, emotion regulation, personal hygiene, work, money management, and more.  


    5. Autism: preparing for adulthood by Patricia Howlin
    Audience: Parents, professionals and autistic adults  

    Autism: Preparing for Adulthood focuses on adults with autism and their families. By using information from research studies and treatment programmes, it provides a practical resource for parents, carers and autistic people themselves. 

    Autism: Preparing for Adulthood discusses the problems and the solutions related to educational and occupational attainments, ways of coping with psychiatric and other difficulties, and how to foster independence in later life. The focus is not on ‘cures’ or ‘miracles’ but the improvement in the quality of life for all concerned. 

    It is essential reading for professionals in training and practice in special needs, speech and language therapy, social workers, social services personnel, psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, young adults with autism, their families and carers.” (Synopsis from  


    6. Autism & the transition to adulthood: success beyond the classroomby Marcia Datlow Smith
    Audience: Professionals  

    Professionals who work with young adults will get hard-to-find information on how specific social, behavioural, and cognitive characteristics of people with autism affect the transition to adulthood, exploring potential challenges and traits that can be powerful assets. Then they’ll get a complete guide that walks them through every aspect of transition planning, including planning for employment and postsecondary education.” (Synopsis from  


    Life planning resources for adults with higher support needs:  

    7. Life planning for adults with developmental disabilities: a guide for parents & family members by Judith Greenbaum 

    Life planning for adults with developmental disabilities is a guide for parents and caregivers of adults with high support needs. It offers recommendations for person-centred planning to build support networks and enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. It includes worksheets to help readers assess and communicate their child’s needs and make informed decisions about living arrangements, caregivers, work and leisure activities.  

    Resources for teaching life skills: 

    Attainment’s life skills curricula series
    8. Home cooking instructor’s guide and Home cooking cookbook  
    Audience: Parents and professionals 

    Home cooking is an excellent resource for teaching food safety, food preparation and cooking skills. The cookbook contains step-by-step picture recipes. The curriculum shows how to teach basic cooking skills and encourage independent use of the cookbook. 

    9. Keeping house instructor’s guide 
    Audience: Parents and professionals 

    The Keeping house instructor’s guide provides step-by-step breakdowns of over 50 common housekeeping activities with suggestions for how to teach each activity. 

    10. Life skills activities for secondary students with special needs: including 190 ready-to-use lessons with reproducible worksheets to help children develop the basic skills necessary to experience independence and success in everyday living by Darlene Mannix
    Audience: Parents and professionals  

    Life skills activities provides worksheets and other learning materials on seven key topics: Interpersonal skills, communication skills, academic and school skills, practical living skills, vocational skills, lifestyle choices, and problem-solving skills. The activities are designed to help high school students develop skills for independence.  

    This is just a small sample of what we have available in the library. To browse our full catalogue, visit For more information, email Allison at or call 1-888-434-0880 Ext. 105.  


    Did you know that AutismBC has a lending library? Our library is FREE and open to everyone! We ship items to members throughout the province at no cost (return shipping included).  

    Signing up for a library card is easy. If you’re already an AutismBC member, just email to request a library card. If you’re not a member, you can sign up at Once you’ve submitted the membership form, email to request a library card.