Helpful Roadmaps and Tool Kits: AdulthoodAugust 27, 2021
Some adults with autism face unique challenges navigating the world. Challenges can range from finding a job to living as independently as possible. Autism Speaks is committed to helping adults navigate some of these challenges with our range of Tool Kits and roadmaps. Here, you can view our most frequently downloaded resources to support adults with autism.
Growing awareness about autism has led many young adults and adults to suspect they may be on the spectrum. This Tool Kit is designed to help adults navigate the path to diagnosis, offering an overview of autism and clarity on whether to seek out an evaluation by a professional. For those diagnosed with autism, the kit will also walk you through next steps to accessing services and critical information about your rights as an adult on the spectrum.
As a parent, you may often worry about your child's future—particularly when it comes to employment. Having a job or a career is a major contributor to quality of life that often does not come easily to adults on the spectrum. As the parent of an adult, it may be difficult to know when you should step in to help and when you should let your son or daughter be independent. This resource will give you some guidance on how to support your child during the employment process.
The search for housing and residential supports can be challenging for a person with autism and their family. In this Tool Kit, we hope to make this often-complicated journey as simple and successful as possible by giving you the tools you need to make housing choices. This resource will give you an overview of housing options; teach you about the supports and services often needed by adults with autism; describe funding options; and create a structure to help you plan for you or your loved one’s future.