Create legal requirements for support of young adults with autism

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Most communities offer few or no services as ASD children become ASD young adults.

My son, Danny, was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome back in 2013. This was the same year it was folded into the diagnosis of Autism (publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual 2013). The problem with this is that my son, now 16, was 11 at time of diagnosis, this meant the support was beginning to thin by the time he was 13. Ever since then it has been a steady decline and the stories I hear of 17 - 20-year-olds worry me. Possibly the time when support is needed most, it's lessened, and for a late bloomer like mine, he has missed all the earlier advantages and time he's expected to adapt in.

Because of his age, most expect him to roll over. They expect him to tolerate the discrimination and perform/behave at what is higher than expected of him. It's assumed that he has gotten used to his disability and that he should be improving, not worsening.

On top of this, he is still just another teenager; He experiences mood swings and changes he's also supposed to understand.

It's clear my Son relies on the understanding of others when it comes to being allowed to reach his potential. We as humans owe that to him and others alike.

'Government Assistance Programs -- Most communities offer few or no services as ASD children become ASD young adults. Those agencies that offer adult services typically don’t teach staff how to best handle the needs and behaviors of people with ASDs. ARI calls on governments and on major corporations to create programs aimed at helping young adults with job training, special living situations, and general help for the 1 in 150 (according to Centers for Disease Control estimates, 2007) soon to reach the edge of adulthood, so these individuals can become productive, independent members of society. Our concern is not only for these individuals and their families, but for the economy of the 21st century and the country as a whole.

The Autism Research Institute urges and promotes awareness, education and sensitivity on the part of governmental agencies, elected officials, corporations and businesses, the media, school boards and community organizations. Individuals with autism can never fulfill their maximum potential if they are excluded and ignored. Society must re-evaluate its perception and treatment of individuals on the autism spectrum, and provide them with the same respect, services and opportunities accorded everyone else.'

Sourced: Autism Research Institute



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