Children with autism are cared for by their parents, who have done a great job of developing support groups and organizations around their particular needs and concerns. But what about people with autism themselves? In recent years, many adults on the autism spectrum, with or without the help of other members of the autism community, have created their own support organizations. Find out more about what autism self-advocacy groups are all about. Might one be right for you or someone in your life?
More Resources for Adults with Autism
Is autism defined as an "incurable" disorder? How about all those stories of children "recovering" as a result of various therapies and medications? In this article, I explore the most recent discussion of a "cure" for autism, and the definition of a cure as described by one of the developers of the most recent criteria for describing autism.
Autism isn't the sort of biological disease you can "catch" -- but that doesn't mean it's impossible to acquire autism. Find out more about just how autism experts think about the known causes of autism.
More About Causes of Autism
Parents like to feel that their grown children are "taken care of" -- married, in a permanent job, and "settled" in a community. Of course, this expectation isn't always realistic: "empty nesters" often find their chicks coming home to roost for all sorts of reasons, ranging from unemployment to divorce to health concerns.
Parents of autistic adults seem to feel that a group home is a good way to see their children "taken care of," and many have the sense that once their adult child is living in a group situation the job of parenting is pretty much all done. I'm not sure that vision is realistic though: just like marriages and jobs, group home placements are only as permanent as the people who hold them together, fund them, and believe in them!
What are your experiences with group homes for autistic adults? Do you feel that they provide both parents and adults on the spectrum with a permanent solution? Do they offer an answer to the question "what happens after we, our child's parents, are gone?"