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Beyond the Cliff: Navigating Autistic Adulthood

Ben Sharif
Karen S Shapiro

Never in their wildest dreams did the parents of David Sharif, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of four, imagine their son would be graduating college with honors after four, hard-earned years at Pace University. David is a rarity amongst the autistic community, which often sees their federally incentivized services and support systems drop significantly when they turn 21, otherwise known as “the services cliff.” Beyond the Cliff: Navigating Autistic Adulthood tells the stories of David and other young adults on the autism spectrum as they navigate the transition into the less-structured, tumultuous life of adulthood.

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