my very first Autism Society Meeting the guest speaker was an education specialist.
A lot of questions were posed to him about how we can help our adolescent
autistic children prepare for the future. He said that it was sad that not
much money has been in place for older autistic people/children/adults, because
so much emphasis is placed on the early years. He suggested parents contact
the ARC of Texas (organization for retarded citizens that helps with transition
or work related information) and to make sure it was discussed at the ARD
and that there is a transitional plan in place in the IEP (Individual Education
Beyond that, we as parents, we're on our own.
I know Andrew is only 3 years old but we need to be prepared.
One mother's comment really struck me at that meeting, "If you think you have problems when they are little just wait until they're 290 pounds and wear a size 14 shoe!"
Wow!! We have our work cut out for us if we are going to prepare our kids for the future. The statistics show that most our autistic adults either still live at home or in a facility (not on their own). Finding a place for our older children to live and possibly work are two of the biggest hurdles at this age.
Let me know of any information or advice that you have.
Below is just a little information that I have found relating to this area.
Read about some autistic adults
to Understand People Who Are Different by Brad Rand
My Experiences with Visual Thinking Sensory Problems and Communication
Difficulties by Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
A Way of Describing Autism by Dave Spicer
Don't Mourn for Us by Jim Sinclair
Planet! Mom's View
Parents Helping Parents, resources for and by parents of special-needs children
Wouter Schenk interviews Carolyn Baird.
In this interview Carolyn Baird from Glendale, Australia, tells about her life, autism and Internet and her list PAN-L. Carolyn Baird is the listowner of PAN-L (Parents Autistics Network List). Carolyn, a high functioning person with autism, and is the mother of four children.
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