Every single day, someone who is autistic reaches adulthood. As they turn 18 years of age, their futures remain in doubt. Will they be able to cope in an increasingly hostile world, outside the safety and protection of both school and parental care?
Family-focused holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Year's Day and Kwanzaa can be particularly important events in the life of those with autism.
Most autistic children, teens and adults react negatively from sudden, unexpected change. What could be more devastating to them than the loss of their home, pets, and normal way of life?
One of the most understood aspects of autism are the meltdowns experienced by those who live with the disorder. These are often confused by others as behavioral, rather than what they really are, releases of emotional overload.
Years ago, boxers were thought to become "punch drunk" from too many blows to the head. Their condition became known in boxing and medical circles as dementia pugilistica. Today we know it as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease afflicting those who suffer multiple concussions.
Repeal and Replace - the cri de cœur of the Republican Party for seven years would devastate the autistic, and their parents. It would have harmed autistic citizens already covered by insurance policies and prevented families from adding autistic children.
Today, persons who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) live in residential communities and group homes located in neighborhoods around the world.