The Sad Reality of Post-High School Life for Too many Of Our Nation’s Autistic Young Adults

New Directions Autism After Graduation
Dr. Drew Rubin

In the last decade the understanding and education of autism as a whole has developed immensely. Although there is certainly much more room for growth, the progress does not typically move past high school.

Many kids are receiving much needed support, but do not have a way to transition from high school to real life or independent living. These children are categorized as “special needs,” but in reality simply communicate differently than most people. Despite the impression people have that they don’t understand others, they have a remarkable comprehension level and are very bright. Their lack of non-verbal communication unfairly gives the impression they do not understand, when in reality they are very perceptive of others. These young teens are going to be adults for more of their life than they are children. Preparation for them is vital so that they can become thriving adults learning to function in society.

New Directions, a transitional independent living center, implements “Direction Therapy” CMT treatments. Their process is rooted in the latest scientific literature, which integrates cognitive behavior therapy, developmental theory, and neuropsychology into a treatment approach that is strictly evidenced based. New Directions offers a cutting edge environment for children to thrive. For more information, call a professional advisor at (877) 763-5102.

Lowest Rate Of Funding of Any Disabled Group

In 2013, it is estimated that 50,000 students with autism will turn 18 and within two years of high school, less than half of those with the disorder will have paying jobs. Senator Robert Menendez, D-J.J., is sponsoring federal legislation to provide funding for adult programs. There is a significant need for this as well as a greater understanding of how to assimilate and continuing to help autistic young adults thrive in society. They have so much to offer, but don’t always fit into traditional roles. This does not mean that their contributions are not high—they possess a special talent and intelligence. To ensure your child stands a chance to be a successful statistic utilize transitional living facilities. For more information about transitional living, call a professional advisor at (877) 763-5102.