Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects communication and behavior and impacts both children and adults. About 1 in 58 young adults has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to most recent estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. The employment-to-population ratio, or the proportion of the youth with disabilities who are employed, has declined in the U.S. since the beginning of the millennium. American Community Survey (ACS) estimates showed that the employment-to-population ratio for young people with disabilities, ages 16-22 years, fell from 39.3% at the beginning of the century to 28.8% today. Youth without disabilities have experienced a similar downward trend in employment rates (52.9% to 46.9%). An astonishing 70% of adults with autism are unable to live independently. Of these individuals, 49% live with family, creating a huge financial burden on aging parents, and 32% live in residential care facilities (offers little or no privacy, autonomy or stimulation). According to the same study, 70% of Autistic adults are unable to live independently.

Only 3% of adults with autism live fully independently. In terms of employment, only 6% of adults hold paid, full-time jobs. Regarding mental health, over half of adults with autism have been diagnosed with depression some time in their adult life while 11% say they have suffered a “nervous breakdown.” 94% of Autistic adults are unable to hold paid, full-time jobs. Even though most adults surveyed had participated in at least two autism interventions in childhood, 65% continue having difficulty making friends. Of teens, 74% stated they had difficulty making friends. Of children under 13, 31% participated in no social activities at all. 65% of Autistic adults have difficulty making friends. Clearly this data shows the burden on quality of life for adults with autism, issues such as independence, self-determination, employment, mental health, social support, and relationships are ignored when planning treatments, assessing treatment outcomes, or evaluating program effectiveness.

Understanding Autism

Learn about ASD: The more you know about Autism Spectrum Disorder, the better equipped you’ll be to make informed decisions for your child. Please take the time to learn about ASD and its treatment options, ask questions, as well as participate in all treatment decisions.

Let’s Talk About It…The Autism Center, Inc. recognizes the challenges families with ASD face. The commitment requires high energy and allows for very few breaks. We want to provide support with a wealth of valuable, one-on-one services to young adults with ASD.

Share information: Of course you know your child better than anyone, and that’s why we look to collaborate with you to understand what you know and incorporate that information with our delivery of guidance and instruction.

Have you taken account of what triggers your child’s challenging or disruptive behaviors? What elicits a positive response? What does your child find stressful or frightening? Calming? Uncomfortable? Enjoyable?

If we understand what affects your child, we’ll be better at working with your family to troubleshoot problems and prevent or modify situations that cause difficulties.

Let’s Talk About It…The Autism Center, Inc. understands the importance of not only identifying these triggers, but recording them, in efforts to find solutions that work best.

We work closely with each family to better understand and recognize the nuances of each individual’s behavior.