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Many autistic adults have a hard time finding their place in the world. Less than half enrol in higher education or find work. Many lack the skills to live alone. Those who cannot work generally qualify for monthly Social Security disability payments, which are too low to cover vocational coaches, therapeutic day programs, or other interventions that may help an autistic person reach a modicum of self-sufficiency. Meanwhile, the federal government does not require school systems to provide special education for students older than 18 (most states have extended the requirement through age 21).

Despite the countless news reports about the meteoric rise of autism-spectrum diagnoses and the myriad books and websites about raising youngsters who have this developmental disorder, there is little discussion of or planning for what those kids are to do when they are no longer kids. An estimated 300,000 of them are expected to hit adulthood in the next decade.

For a deeper insight into the world of autistic adults this newspaper article is enlightening:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/9103217/Autism-living-with-autistic-adult-children.html

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monza006

I'm sorry you're having probs with your internet Pat.... that's got to be one of the most frustrating things in the world these days!! LOL... 15 years ago I didn't even have it!!!

pkin38

Seems like like i'm always late... and this internet this morning is terrible...

monza006

Thanks whatnauts, for too long people have not given mental health problems the understanding they deserve and the old stigma still lingers... it must be terribly difficult to have 2 mentally handicapped children - I hope you neighbour gets help when she needs it.

whatnauts

Thanks for this Who Knew puzzle, monza. I once had a neighbour with two mentally handicapped children - different from autistic, but they faced many of the same challenges with the children becoming adults.

monza006

Thanks Francine :~)

Yes Hanne, they do!

Good for your niece Barb - the signpost puzzle I posted the other day, when I researched what the "School" was about, is for a School for Autistic Children, where the staff ratio is 1:1, it sounds ideal for autistic children, but once they no longer receive school funding it becomes very hard to continue to provide that level of support, let alone help them to find meaningful places in life.

That's good to hear PJ - apparently April is Autism Awareness month, so I guess that's why your library focussed on this difficult topic.

Precisely Edie, hence a special day for us to think about the grown up "children"!

2dogs7cats

Thanks for making us aware Mandy. I'm sure we all know about autistic children but not many of us think about what happens to them when they become adults.

puzzlejan

So interesting Mandy - yes, there are many in need. We have just had two weeks in the library presenting books and information about various programs of interest to autistic and their families. And also to inform the community at large.
PJ

tigress

Very difficult subject, Mandy. My niece works with autistic children. Thanks for alerting us all with this WK puzzle. :-)

Elfie

Ohhh, they need all the help thay can get!! Thanks so very much for your info, Mandy!!

bookish

Hi Mandy, nothing to add to what's already been said. Thanks for this.

monza006

It seems hard Ardy, but from some of the things I have read, many parents do not want their adult child to change... they just want better support and help for him or her. Some of the people who I have met who are autistic are so intelligent it's hard to believe, I don't really know enough about this disorder, but do worry that it seems to be so much on the increase.

Yes Magda, I am sure that with the correct support and help many autistic people can live more normal lives... but it is a very costly need and sadly one that does not seem to be given high priority in these days of austerity.

oldiepumpkin

That is really nice, to remember the Autists. But I think, with a lot of special treatment and patience, they can live a normal life. Lets hope and pray, that the world will realize the problems these people face, and do something about it.

ringleader

This is a hard one, Mandy. My former neighbor's youngest grandson is autistic. Now a teenager he is about 6 feet tall, doesn't speak but does have some vocalizations. When I was with the family at Thanksgiving he was playing with an electronic device - I didn't see what it was. His diet is watched very carefully. He is gluten free. His mother is a nurse. He has to be watched constantly Thanks for featuring this one.