Theme: Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Where Art Thou? Are They Not As Important?
The autistic community tends to forget the adult aspect of the issue. With so many advancements in technology, people tend to forget that they can help adults as well as children. Yes, children are the focal point of today’s autism argument, but adults are in need and could benefit from this technology.
Resources and knowledge is lacking when it comes to autistic adults. Often times there are not many options when it comes to this often forgotten group. It’s hard to help and properly care for these people when people don’t know how to.
Adults with autism often have a limited voice in today’s media. This is due to the lack of knowledge and ignorance on how to approach the issue. Often “experts” try to take the helm, but fall short since they more than likely don’t have the first hand experience. If autistic adults are ever to be helped, then it is up to everyone to allow them to participate in discussions concerning them.
Adults with disabilities remind those without disability. It reminds people that life is unpredictable and that anything can happen to anyone anytime at any place. Life can be cruel and this can tie into the fact that adults with autism are getting the end of the stick when it comes tom services and funding. Thankfully some parents think of the long term plan for their children and plan accordingly and supporting foundations that remember the adult diagnosed on the ASD.
The population of autistic adults is steadily growing. It is up to the community at large to come up with proactive ways to help everyone cope with the various issues associated with this population. Committees and family involvement are two primary methods of helping. Whether it’s having meetings with everyone in the area, or tackling the issue head on, raising awareness is key to the success of individuals being able to accept and potentially remedy these issues
Guest post on Aspie Teacher’s blog by Michael Drejer talks about being employed and having Asperger’s syndrome. He explains how it is possible to get a job, and the pro’s and con’s that comes with it for the one with Asperger’s and for the companies that hire these disabled persons. He reminds people with autism that just because you may be disabled does not mean that you cannot have a job. Take advantaged of it and do what you can to live a great and successful life.
Like the previous blog this blog talks about working and having autism. Tracey Daigneau, M.Ed., Director of Day Services at New England Village talks about how New England Village has created True Meaning Jewelry which promotes autism awareness as well as employs autistic individuals as well. This line of work gives these special individuals pride in what they do as well as who they are.
With taking care of autistic adult come a lot of hard times and well as easy times. Here a woman takes us through a day of her changing world when taking care of her 23 year son who is autistic.
Another aspect that can be covered with respect to the issue of autistic adults is the factor of gender. There is a tendency to pay closer attention to the needs of males over those of females. Females with AS are atypical in their interactions than “normal” females especially in regards to the ages and genders that they typically interact with. Seeing articles with an accurate portrayal of female autistic people are rare.
Jason Ross creator of Drive Mom Crazy writes about how he first coped with being diagnosed with autism and how he had to get into the community with a encouraging push from his mom. He talks about his life with autism and the many things he was able and still is achieving being diagnosed with Asperger’s.