Positive Approaches Journal

Positive Approaches Volume 11 Issue 1 Now Available

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) are pleased to announce that the latest edition of the Positive Approaches Journal is now available. Positive Approaches Volume 11, Issue 1 focuses on innovation and best practices in supporting autistic adults. The focus of autism supports has almost exclusively been on children. Articles in this issue of Positive Approaches seek to shed some light on adults with autism.

Selections from this issue include:

  • An article on an adult with autism’s journey from work into retirement and how he perceived this milestone.
  • An article on transgender identity and gender dysphoria highlights ways that adults with autism can be supported and accepted while defining who they are.
  • An article on the Temple University Community Participation Measure and its success in showing areas where adults with autism are spending their time; thereby giving a clearer picture on where supports and services may best be provided.
  • An article discussing Pennsylvania’s continuing development of forward-thinking autism supports and services.
  • An article on the ongoing development and expansion of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Neurodevelopmental Residential Treatment Unit.
  • An article on the reasoning, development, and success of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Western Behavioral Health Psychiatric Rehabilitation (PR) program carve-out program to serve autistic adults.  

This journal issue focuses on the need to look across the lifespan to better understand the issues adults with autism may face.

This issue of Positive Approaches Journal is in digital form, available for viewing online or for downloading at: https://www.myodp.org/mod/book/view.php?id=39566

To print a copy of the PDF, online journal, or a specific article, you will find these options within your left navigation bar on any Positive Approaches Journal page. A new window will open with your selected document. In your browser, you may click the Print button in the top left corner of the page, or by using the Print capability within your browser.