FAQ from Autism Source: Adult Services
April 2, 2013
By Autism Source
It is undeniable that there is a critical shortage of services for adults on the autism spectrum in our country. The Board of Directors of the Autism Society brought attention to this issue with a position paper entitled, The National Crisis in Adult Services for Individuals With Autism.
This paper presents recommendations and a call to action around the quality and quantity of residential and vocational service provision and service coordination so that another generation does not go without the vital services that necessary for a life of dignity and worth.
The Autism Society works to improve the situation that adults in the autism community face once federally mandated services end. Our online magazine, Autism Advocate, has featured many articles over the years that specifically apply to adult topics such as employment, independence, relationships and sexuality. Also, a great majority of the “best practice” articles on topics such as positive behavioral supports, person-centered planning, and educational strategies have practical application throughout the lifespan. These kinds of topics are also a regular feature at the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition, with sessions run by and for adults on the spectrum.
The Autism Society has partnered with Easter Seals to provide lifespan services to people with autism, to create service models and affect public policy. We also have partnered with NARPAA, a national residential provider association for adults with autism, and APSE, a national employment support organization, to find solutions for our adults on the spectrum.
The Autism Society’s online referral database, Autism Source™, has a searchable category “Community Services for Adults” intended to connect adults with helpful services and supports in their communities. Visit www.autismsource.org for more information. Many of the Autism Society’s local affiliates have initiatives that specifically focus on adult issues and may offer support groups for adults with autism. Find the affiliate nearest you on www.autismsource.org.
April 10, 2013
The Autism Society, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization, has chosen Pittsburgh as the host city of its 44th annual conference on autism spectrum disorders.
April 5, 2013
Individuals with autism can attend the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition (in Pittsburgh) for FREE this year! Learn more: www.autism-society.org/conference.
April 3, 2013
Monarch Teaching Technologies, the makers of VizZle®, web-based educational software for visual learners with autism, will give one-year of free VizZle to every new (or renewing) Champion Member during April.
April 2, 2013
Read the Autism Society’s digital magazine about autism spectrum disorders!
April 2, 2013
Today, throughout the world, individuals will come together highlighting the needs and dreams of people living with autism.