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Employment Prospects Dim for Young Adults With Autism
Date:5/14/2012

ools until around age 20 or 21.

After that, parents have to seek help from the social services system, which is more fragmented and difficult to navigate. And yet, he added, the report is not all bleak.

"I was pleasantly surprised that about 35 percent went on after leaving high school to attend some form of college," Bell said. "I was told 16 years ago when my son was diagnosed that there was very little chance he would ever go to college. So the fact that over one-third of the autism population goes on to some form of education after school should say to a lot of parents, 'You shouldn't automatically assume your child is not going to go to college'."

His own 19-year-old son isn't attending college, but he does work at several jobs in their town, where he is a well-known and accepted part of the community, Bell added.

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Autism Speaks has a toolkit to help teens with autism and their families make the transition out of high school.

SOURCES: Paul Shattuck, Ph.D, assistant professor, social work, Washington University, St. Louis; Peter Bell, executive vice president, programs and services, Autism Speaks; June 2012 Pediatrics


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