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Boston Herald Reports on Struggles Families Face When Children Age Out

Waiting List for Group Homes Reportedly 10 to 15 Years as Population of Adults with Autism Floods System
October 04, 2013

The Boston Herald reported Friday on the uncertain future faced by families of adult children with autism who are turning 22 and aging out of the public school system. According to the story, the state of Massachusetts is struggling to care for a population that is growing at a record pace and flooding the system.

Maura Clow, whose son turns 22 in December, told the Herald that she has been advised that the waiting list for a spot in a state-run group home is 10 to 15 years. “The turning 22 process is pretty scary — there is no road map,” she said. “You’re kind of left flapping in the wind.

Read the article from the Boston Herald here.

Learn more about Autism Speaks’ Adult Services including Housing and Residential Supports here.