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Adults With Autism

Autism Awareness Must Extend Beyond High School

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

The amount of funding available to young adults with autism drops dramatically once they age out of the system, and parents are often left struggling to find a place where their child can continue to work towards finding a job.

'Autistic and Aging Out' Film

Lauren Betesh | Posted 12.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Betesh

Though formal programs for children diagnosed with autism continue through high school, at 21 these programs end, and the options for care become less clear. This process is known in the autistic community as "aging out."

Non-Speaking Autistic Woman Writes Book

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Barb knew some would doubt the words she typed were hers, because she needed a facilitator when she first began typing. Undeterred, she spent the next 10 years learning to type independently, one index finger jabbing at a letter at a time.

This Video About Romance & Autism WILL Make You Cry

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.30.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Romantic love is difficult enough to navigate if you're neurotypical (Exhibit A: the entire rom-com genre). But if you've been diagnose...

A Conversation With the Talented Writer, Blogger and All-Around Amazing Julia Bascom

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

A year ago, I found Julia Bascom's blog, and it changed my life. Within the last year, Julia created the video "The Loud Hands Project." This video, together with Julia's blog, is mandatory viewing for any and all who are even remotely interested in autism or know someone on the spectrum.

The Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism: Two Autistics Spoke... Did Anyone Listen?

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

How is it that we can say we "care" about autism and those who are autistic, yet not fund programs that will make their lives better? How is it we can use war terminology and ignore that these words make those who are on the spectrum feel badly about their very existence?

I Love Being My Own Autistic Self: A Conversation With Landon Bryce

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Landon Bryce, teacher, writer, artist and animator, has written a terrific book about what it is to be autistic. His characters, each very different from one another, discuss their strengths and challenges while stressing self-respect.

It's Time for a National Autism Strategy

Bob Wright | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Bob Wright

Five years ago, many people reading this would have known autism only from what they read in the newspaper or saw on television. Today, they are the parents or relatives of affected children. Autism has changed their lives, and it continues to change the lives of millions of Americans. We must face up to the crisis.

Like-Minded Monoculture: Meeting the Autistic Person Inside Myself

Megan McFeely | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Megan McFeely

I have spent the last few months working with and learning from a man who is on the autism spectrum. His name is David Patten, and he has just written the book called Dummy: A Memoir.

An Interview With Peyton Goddard, a Non-Speaking Autistic, and Her Mother, Dianne Goddard

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Peyton Goddard and her mother, Dianne Goddard, wrote the book I Am Intelligent with Carol Cujec, Ph.D. It is a memoir: the story of a non-speaking autistic child thought to be severely "mentally retarded" who, as an adult at the age of 22, typed, "i am intlgent."

Non-Speaking (at Times) Autistic Provides Insight Into Communication Differences, Part II

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

This is part two of an interview with Paula Durbin-Westby, an (at times) non-speaking autistic adult who made a YouTube video as an example of what happens when she tries to speak during periods when she cannot.

Non-Speaking (at Times) Autistic Provides Insight Into Communication Differences, Part I

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

"I think the phrase 'non-speaking at times' captures my experience and also that of others who do have speech capabilities but can't always access them. Just because one can speak at times does not mean speech is a reliable form of communication for that person."

Performer, Singer, Mother, Wife, Friend and Autistic: An Interview With Chou Chou

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I read her comment a dozen times. I felt indescribable joy, and I wept. I was just beginning to find the writings of autistic adults and had started, very tentatively, to reach out to a few of them. Out of nowhere there was Chou Chou reaching out to me!

An Interview With Amy Sequenzia, a Non-Speaking Autistic Writer and Poet

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Amy Sequenzia, a non-speaking autistic self-advocate, poet and writer, agreed to an interview with me. Amy is someone whose work I have been following since I met her this past spring.

Nobody Knows Anything: Autism Edition

Todd Drezner | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Todd Drezner

The message that both Times articles send to readers is that autism should be feared, fought against, and eradicated. That message can do nothing to improve the lives of the hundreds of thousands of autistic people who are with us now.

Autism Is a National Epidemic That Needs a National Plan

Mark Roithmayr | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Mark Roithmayr

With new CDC numbers now showing that 1 in 88 children in the United States is being diagnosed with autism -- nearly doubling the prevalence since the CDC began tracking these numbers -- autism can now officially be declared an epidemic in the United States.

When Autistic Kids Become Adults: Where Do They Work?

Jenee Woodard | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
Jenee Woodard

It seems that with all of the talk of making autistic people part of "our" society, this last step -- integrating them into mainstream workplaces in ways that will work for everyone involved -- is proving very, very difficult.

Autism: Is It An 'Obsession' Or Just A Preferred Interest?

Elaine Hall | Posted 11.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Elaine Hall

Sometimes I wonder if there is a fine line between autism and certain kinds of genius. How great would it be if every child had mentors who saw a child's strengths as a way toward adult life.

Dear Governor Brown: Is There a Future for the Disabled -- Including Adults With Autism -- In the Golden State?

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 07.18.2011 | Los Angeles
Chantal Sicile-Kira

The looming budget cuts remind me of the old Prop 13 days. The state of California is getting ready to cut the civil rights of the disabled and no one seems to notice.

Mind Reading: How To Live Well On The Autistic Spectrum

healthland.time.com | Posted 07.02.2011 | Home

By Maia Szalavitz What happens when children with Asperger's grow up? Valerie Gaus, a clinical psychologist in private practice on Long Island, ...