(March 21, 2014) - Today's NYMetroParents online featured an article by Autism Speaks Director of Adult Services Leslie Long and Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel Stuart Spielman on the future of alternative housing for adults with autism. The article is excerpted below:
The prevalence of autism in the United States has grown tenfold over 40 years and now is estimated at 1 in every 88 children, including 1 in 54 boys. An estimated 500,000 of those children will age into adulthood over the coming decade, many of them needing housing, adult services or, in many cases, both. Parents who learned how to cope with getting diagnoses, IEPs and healthcare during childhood must now face a new set of challenges brought on by adulthood. While many individuals with autism may continue to live at home as they become adults, caring for their needs will become a concern as their parents age.
The aging-out phenomenon raises issues of choice once individuals with autism enter adulthood, as well as an understanding that the need for services can be as critical as housing.
Autism Speaks is committed to providing resources and support for young adults and adults with autism, with a specific focus on housing and residentail supports. Visit the Housing and Residential Supports web portal to learn more about these resources, including the Housing and Residential Supports Tool Kit.