Adults With Autism

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Autism is a lifelong disability. Although symptoms and behaviors may change and improve through early diagnosis and intervention, many adults continue to require supports throughout adulthood.

Adults with autism may still require teaching and supervision in order to maintain and generalize the skills they have learned as well as develop more independent life skills, self-help, socialization, and vocational development. They may also face new obstacles such as employment and residential service along with possible behavioral challenges post adolescence.

When students turn 21, services are vastly different than those available during school. Many adults with autism continue to be completely or partially dependent on parents or caregivers. Becoming knowledgeable is important in the areas of estate planning, guardianship, funding, housing and day services, employment options, social opportunities, as well as behavioral intervention.