Thursday, July 13, 2006

Autistic Adults

Communication and social problems often cause difficulties in many areas of the autistic's life. Far fewer adult autistics marry or have children than the general population. Even when they do marry it is more likely to end in divorce than the norm.[6]. Plus, far fewer autistic adults live in metropolitan areas than the general population.

A small proportion of autistic adults, usually those with high-functioning autism or
Asperger's syndrome, are able to work successfully in mainstream jobs, although frequently far below their actual level of skills and qualification.

Others are employed in sheltered workshops under the supervision of managers trained in working with persons with disabilities. A nurturing environment at home, at school, and later in job training and at work, helps autistic people continue to learn and to develop throughout their lives.

It is often said that the
Internet, being almost devoid of the non-verbal cues that autistics find so hard to interact with, has given autistic individuals an environment in which they can, and do, communicate and form online communities. The internet has also provided the option of occupations such as, teleworking and independent consulting, which, in general, do not require much human interaction offline.

In the
United States, the public schools' responsibility for providing services ends when the autistic person is in their 20s, depending on each state. The autistic person and their family are then faced with the challenge of finding living arrangements and employment to match their particular needs, as well as the programs and facilities that can provide support services to achieve these goals.

However autism can be a
poverty trap for the majority of adult and young autistics,[7] many of whom are engaged in unskilled jobs for which they are overqualified, or on welfare benefits. Many parents of autistic children also face financial difficulties as they must often pay for essential support and therapeutic services. Plus, autistics are sometimes not eligible to receive financial aid, and many (as much as 60%) are homeless [8].Dan Aykroyd, comedian and actor: Aykroyd stated he has Asperger's

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