This book evaluates how autism is experienced and addressed in four areas critical to the developmental phase of adulthood: self-awareness, individuality, comprehensive support systems, and the dissemination of information and expanded education. The editors present comprehensive coverage of new developments in the field of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), particularly with regards to the updating of diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5 and an increased level of interest in research on adults with ASD. Contributors also make recommendations regarding services that should be provided to people with ASD based on recognition of their needs, the frequent lack of accessibility to relevant services, and an understanding of how a person's living situation both influences and is influenced by the way they conduct their lives. Among the topics discussed: The distinctive stage of Emerging Adulthood in individuals with ASD; Late diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder; Sexuality and romantic relationships among people with ASD; Parents, siblings, and communities of individuals with ASD; Cultural-demographic influences on life choices among people with ASD; Adult women on the high-functioning autism spectrum; and The experience of academia and employment for people with ASD. This book is a unique resource for professionals, clinicians, researchers and caregivers that emphasizes both theoretical and practical information regarding ASD in the critical adult stage of life. It addresses a unique and critical stage of life - Emerging Adulthood - and is a much-needed addition to professional literature about adults on the spectrum. Emphasizes both theoretical and practical information.