I started thinking about my personal "philosophy of teaching" that is continually developing, especially with regards to autism, and if my goals and tools can help this problem. Does drama help with "entry" into adulthood? It's more than just drama--drama is the tool. My intent is what I want evaluate first, and then see how drama helps accomplish that. Currently, my intention is to provide experiences for those affected by autism where they can become more competent in understanding how to connect with the world around them (including parents, siblings, friends, etc.) Confidence comes from competence. I want their abilities to be validated and help them develop the tools to share those abilities, and contribute to the world. I feel like drama provides a very hands-on, validating, experiential-based approach to this intent, which is why it is my tool of choice. (Granted--I whole-heartedly agree that a combination of approaches suited to the individual is ideal, and drama is only an aspect of that--an important aspect.)
If using drama does indeed help develop competence, confidence, and contribution, then I submit that it could very well help with "entry" into adulthood. If individuals with autism are seen as contributing members of a community, and they indeed feel that they are, there will be a place for them that isn't just "sitting on the couch watching wheel of fortune." NPR talked about this man in the Netherlands that started a for-profit company that focuses on a specific set of skills that people with autism often have (computer understanding, attention to detail, repetition, etc.) and the business is going incredibly well! And more importantly, almost 20 adults with autism are off of welfare and two of them are dating. I want to help people understand what their skills are, know how to relate with the world around them, and be the contributing, happy members of society that they can be! While Netherlands man is doing it through creating a business, I am doing it through drama.