This post is by Liane Kupferberg Carter a mother of two adult sons, one of whom has autism and epilepsy. Liane is a journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in more than 40 publications. As a community activist, she has worked with both national and local organizations.
Over the coming decade, 500,000 individuals with autism will leave school and enter adulthood. This is in addition to the millions of adults with autism who already live throughout the United States. Many of these individuals will need to access the adult services system, a system that already has exceedingly long waiting lists and few autism-specific supports. One of the most critical needs of this group of adults is for appropriate housing and residential supports – an essential component to living as independently as possible.
Posted by Amy Daniels, PhD, Autism Speaks assistant director for public health research.
John Elder Robison is an adult with autism, and the parent of an adult son with autism. He serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Department if Health and Human Services. He serves on numerous public and private boards, and he’s the founder of JE Robison Service of Springfield, MA. John is also the NY Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, and Raising Cubby. He lives in Western Massachusetts.
Lisa Goring is the Vice President of family services at Autism Speaks. In that role she helps families and individuals impacted by autism to make informed decisions that maximize the quality of life and development potential of affected individuals. Her 16-year-old son Andrew has autism.