An unprecedented number of families will soon watch their children with autism leave school and flood the adult disability system. These children, the first wave of the so-called "autism epidemic," will enter a disability support system already under strain, according to a journal paper co-authored by Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D. The influx represents a "looming crisis of unprecedented magnitude for adults with autism, their families, and the ill-prepared and underfunded adult service system charged with meeting their needs," the paper said. Many adults with disabilities are already on long waiting lists for residential services.
Adults and autism
Despite the challenges of finding and sustaining employment, transition services and better workplace supports are opening up more job opportunities for those on the spectrum. Advocates also urge individuals to prepare for careers right from high school, and train for the job interview process. Once on the job, some organizations are being more considerate to needs of individuals with ASD by offering visual instructions and the option of working in an environment that is suitable to their sensory preferences, among other measures.
An adult's decision about whether to disclose his or her ASD is a deeply personal one. Will disclosure improve interactions in the individual's professional and personal life, or will it result in misunderstanding and prejudice? In this article, we take a look at some of the complex issues involved in disclosing ASD in college, in the workplace, and in personal relationships.
On November 13, 2009, I attended the Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) National Town Hall Meeting.
Getting behind the wheel of a car is a rite of passage for many teenagers, but for high-functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) this task may prove particularly difficult. Along with the impulsivity, inexperience, and other traits of adolescence and young adulthood that can make driving a challenge, an individual with ASD may find him- or herself struggling with potential obstacles posed by autism itself.
Preliminary data from IAN on adults with autism spectrum disorder.
This version of the Adult with ASD Questionnaire is the first of a series of IAN Research online surveys for adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their guardians or other l
Date First Published: August 24, 2009
What happens when someone with autism leaves school and makes the transition to adult services, college, work or new housing? What does research say about the issues that affect adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.
On the occasion of the Interactive Autism Network’s second annivers