The Coming Care Crisis as Kids With Autism Grow Up

The many faces of Autism, Autistic young man
The Atlantic

February 20, 2019

As the large US population of kids with autism grow up and age out of the public school system, there are not enough quality, affordable day-care, educational, or job training programs to handle this influx of disabled — often non-verbal — adults. Follow one family’s journey as they navigate the ups and downs of evaluating programs, managing behaviors, and trying to decifer the best plan for the future of their adult autistic son.

“It’s as though we never really considered the fact that all of these kids would eventually grow up,” says Paul Shattuck, a professor at Drexel University who studies autism. “Even compared to those with other disabilities, kids on the autism spectrum are having much worse long-term outcomes.”

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