Program Addresses Services Gap for Adults with Autism

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Currently, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism; by the year 2030, this diagnosis is expected to increase seven fold. With such a growing number, there has been a lot of concern expressed regarding the possibility of independence in adulthood for persons affected by the disorder. Ohio State University hopes to come up with a solution.

Currently, there is no cure for autism and our understanding of the disorder has limitations. However, many life-changing treatments are available. Through their clinic, Ohio State University provides life-coaching and independent skills-building workshops aimed to increase the independence of people with autism. Caregivers even communicate with their patients through technology in order to minimize the discomfort they feel when communicating in person.

The idea is to equip these adults with the tools they need to become independent. Services are provided to connect them with the best medical professionals to handle their needs. Assistance is also offered in the form of job placement and continuing education options.

According to Dr. Christopher Hanks who is a specialist in pediatric internal medicine at OSU, only about 10-15% of autistics are able to live independently as adults. It’s difficult to thrive when services drop-off following adolescence. Currently, there simply are not enough programs like the one at OSU to meet the demands of an expanding adult population.

Despite such setbacks, OSU has provided a great model for both increasing awareness regarding the independence hurdle and the lack of programs designated towards overcoming it. Through social training, therapy, dental care, nutrition education, and more, OSU’s clinic has proven that independence is not only possible but probable so long as the resources are there.

The program has already improved the prospects for many persons with autism transitioning into adulthood. Hopefully, OSU will inspire others to promote clinics targeted towards the same goal.

Sara Power, Fordham University

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