For Individuals on the Spectrum
While it is now common knowledge that roughly 1 in every 100 American children is diagnosed on the autism spectrum, there is a dearth of statistics about, and services for, adults on the spectrum. According to author and autism advocate Linda Davis, “Assuming that rate holds, by 2016, less than a decade from now, the number of American adults (those 22 and over) with autism is expected to be nearly 1.5 million.” The Autism Society realizes the needs of adults on the autism spectrum are different than those of children and need to be addressed through a variety of service systems. The goal for our society should be adults who are gainfully employed, are in living situations that are as independent as possible, and who have healthy, enjoyable social and community outlets. For those individuals who may not be able to achieve all of these milestones, it is crucial they be supported throughout the lifespan to ensure the highest quality of life possible.
- Autism Source: Autism Society’s online resource database
- Resources in Your Area: Find local chapters and events, take action and find organizations in your area that provide support and services
- Free Dowloads: Living with Autism series, informational brochures and more
- Share Your Story: Share the story of your journey with autism on our website
- Share Your Art: To celebrate the creativity and diversity of the autism community, we encourage you to submit your art to our online art exhibit