Coming of Age: Autism and Young Adults

Growing up with autism
Dr. Drew Rubin

For many families with children that have Autism, a new stage of life is about to emerge. 

According to an article published in the New York Times, titled “A Generation of Autism, Coming of Age” in less than a decade, the children who were diagnosed with autism in the 1990’s will be moving into the adult system.

We estimate,” Peter Bell, executive vice president for Autism Speaks, said,  “there are going to be half a million children with autism in the next 10 years who will become adults.” 

As their children get older, many parents wonder how they will help their son or daughter merge into a more independent lifestyle. It can be a daunting task, which is why our program was created.

It is an ideal situation to have your child protected, while learning new skills. The above article states, living with one’s family may not always be best for a person with autism. Nor is it what many families, who assume their grown child will move into a group home, for example, envision for their future” then goes on to add, “many states are providing more support for people with autism who live with their families. They are also giving families greater flexibility and control over budgets with so-called consumer-controlled services, which reimburse families that hire friends or relatives, rather than outside caregivers, for regular care.”

This is where New Directions comes in. As a program equipped with a trained and caring staff, we care about the future needs of both your child and your family. To speak with a professional and obtain more information regarding our program, call us toll free at (877) 763-5102.