D.L. Hughley, star of reality show "The Hughleys" and "The Original Kings of Comedy," shared an emotional story about his son Kyle, who has autism, during an "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" interview.
Kyle was diagnosed with autism as a child. He's now 26 years old and follows a very regimented schedule.
"He graduated from college but everything has to be the same," Hughley says. "He goes to work at the same time. He eats the same thing."
Hughley then explained that putting gas in his car was difficult, if not impossible for Kyle. But one day, he said "Daddy, I'll do it." A huge change in his routine.
"I'm a nervous wreck... So he comes back in and he gives me the receipt and the keys," Hughley says before breaking down. "And I could not stop crying, because he did something he was afraid to do … I just didn't believe he could do it. He did it."
Autism Speaks is committed to expanding the capacity of services and supports for adults with autism and employment is one of our major areas of focus. Autism Speaks has developed many employment-related resources which you can find below:
- The Employment Tool Kit provides young adults and adults with autism with tips and tools to help them research, find and keep employment in the current competitive labor market.
- Additional employment tools include An Employer's Guide to Hiring and Retaining Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorders, A Parent's Guide to Employment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and an Autism in Big Business Report.
Other tools to help prepare for the transition to adulthood include:
- The Transition Tool Kit was designed to serve as a guide to assist families of individuals between the ages of 14 and 22 on the journey from adolescence to adulthood. The kit contains information on topics like self-advocacy, community living, postsecondary education, legal matters and more.
- The Community-based Skills Assessment, developed through a contract with Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, is a tool to help parents and professionals assess the current skill levels and abilities of individuals with autism beginning at age 12 and continuing into adulthood in order to develop a comprehensive personalized transition plan.
- Identifor is a new website and app designed to help parents and individuals understand their own (or their child's) skills, abilities and interests using games in order to develop a personalized transition plan.
For additional resources and information regarding employment and adult services, contact the Autism Speaks Autism Response Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-288-4762 (en Espanol 888-772-9050).