$29 Million for Adults with Autism

Mass_Gen_HospBy ICare4Autism staff

Autistic adults have now received a present. One of the United States most known hospitals, Massachusetts General, is set to launch a treatment program for adults with autism. This is big news for many reasons. One reason is that government support those touched by autism ends at age 21.

This new comprehensive program is being funded by a family foundation in Massachusetts. The gift from the foundation is being reported, by the Boston Globe, as a whopping $29 million.

The donation is a truly big gift and sure to be much appreciated. This is especially since many think of autism as a childhood syndrome. Numbers have been rising in diagnosed cases of autism. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with autism. Prior to this, treatments have tended to focus in on pediatrics.

After hearing the news, a 43-year-old autistic woman told reporters that “I am still struggling to get certain services.” She continued to say that “Once you turn 22 you fall off the face of the earth. Some doctors are afraid to touch me.”

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