Coping with Adults with Autism

Autism is a lifelong condition, which does not have a miracle cure. Children who are diagnosed with autism will grow into adults with autism but this does not mean that they cannot live a fulfilling, long life.

Where do adults with autistic spectrum disorders live?

Adults with autistic spectrum disorders live in a variety of settings. Some people can live independently, while others, who require greater care and attention, may choose to live in supported living. Supported living enables people to maintain a degree of independence, whilst benefitting from additional support if they need it. Some people only require occasional help, while others require round the clock care. Some people with autism also live in residential homes, where they can benefit from constant care and enjoy the company of living with others.

Many people with autistic spectrum disorders live with their parents in the family home. A survey conducted in 2001 by the National Autistic Society found that 50 percent of people with ASD live with their parents. People who live at home often rely on the help of carers, who devote their time to caring for their loved one; carers are usually friends or relatives.

Adult education

Many people may be interested in continuing their studies after they leave school and many people with autistic spectrum disorders go on to complete college and university courses. It is beneficial to visit institutions and ask about the facilities and support networks available for people with ASD and it may be helpful to choose a college or university that is near home.

Employment

Looking for a job can be difficult for some people with autistic spectrum disorders but many people enjoy a successful career. In the right situation, people with ASD can be extremely effective and beneficial as they often have a very good eye for detail, are meticulous and thorough and very accurate. Many people also have an amazing capacity for memorising facts, dealing with numbers and problem solving. People with autism tend to excel in jobs which do not rely on interpersonal relationships and social interaction and are based in quiet environments.

There is help available for people who are looking for work. Support is available from charities including the National Autistic Society, as well as local government services.

Getting out and about

For some people getting out and about can be difficult because they do not have access to their own transport and find it daunting to use public transport because trains and buses are often crowded and noisy. Community programmes are open to people with autistic spectrum disorders. These programmes enable people to go to day centres, go out for the day or perhaps go to the gym or the swimming pool once or twice a week. Some charities also provide transport services.

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