Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adults
Autism spectrum disorders in adults can be a challenging thing to face. Parents of adults with autism spectrum disorders need to search for the best programs and facilities that will enable their children to continue to learn and develop throughout their lives. Some adults with autism spectrum disorders are able to work successfully in mainstream jobs, while others are capable of employment in sheltered workshops.
Long before your child finishes school, you will want to search for the best programs and facilities for your young adult. The public schools' responsibility for providing services ends when the person with autism spectrum disorder reaches the age of 22. The family is then faced with the challenge of finding living arrangements and employment to match the particular needs of their adult child, as well as the programs and facilities that can provide support services to achieve these goals. If you know other parents of autism spectrum disorder adults, ask them about the services available in your community. If your community has little to offer, serve as an advocate for your child and work toward the goal of improved employment services.
Some adults with autism spectrum disorders, especially those with high-functioning autism or with Asperger syndrome, are able to work successfully in mainstream jobs. Nevertheless, communication and social problems often cause difficulties in many areas of life. They will continue to need encouragement and moral support in their struggle for an independent life.
Many others with autism spectrum disorders are capable of employment in sheltered workshops under the supervision of managers trained in working with persons with disabilities. A nurturing environment at home, at school, and later in job training and at work, helps persons with ASD continue to learn and to develop throughout their lives.