Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adults: An Overview
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.
Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adults: Employment
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.