Shortage Of Programs For Adults With Autism Likely To Worsen.

HealthDay (8/24, Gordon) reported that most children “with autism will grow up to be adults with autism.” According to autism researcher Paul Shattuck, PhD, of the Washington University in St. Louis, an estimated “45,000 to 50,000 kids with autism turn 18 each year.” A number of experts have noted that “a shortage of necessary programs for adults with autism already exists and is likely to worsen” as more youngsters with autism become adults. Higher education and employment for these young adults with autism may be difficult or even impossible, and many young adults with autism are forced to continue living at home with their families.

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— “Who Will Care for Children With Autism When They’re Adults?, “Serena Gordon, HealthDay, August 23, 2013.

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