Date First Published: August 24, 2009
Adults and autism
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
While a young adult with classic autism may appear content with a solitary “monastic” lifestyle, this is often not the case with young adults who have Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism. Clinical experience has identified that the majority of such adolescents and young adults would like a romantic relationship. However, there is remarkably little research examining this aspect of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) or strategies to facilitate successful relationships.
Autism spectrum disorders are lifelong.
Today's 20-somethings with autism often feel like strangers among their own species when they leave the legal protections afforded schoolchildren to enter the adult world of limited support services, long waiting lists, and scant funding. Those who become accomplished sometimes look back on their experiences to reflect on their sense of alienation in a society that doesn't look favorably on those who don't blend in easily. Find out what the researchers have learned about the transition.
Myth: Intensive Behavioral Intervention Is Only for Young Children
In medicine, early diagnosis is considered better than late diagnosis.