By Anne Dachel
Read Anne's comments and view the links after the jump.
Nov 11, 2013, The Daily Pennsylvanian: New program addresses adult care for autism
Nov 11, Reno Gazette-Journal: Temple Grandin to speak on 'The New Autism' in Reno
Nov 11, 2013, CBS Minneapolis: Local Charity Helping Adults With Autism
The Daily Pennsylvanian
"A new Penn program aims to address the lifelong effects of autism.
"Psychiatry professor Edward Brodkin has started Penn Behavioral Health's Adult Autism Spectrum Program to address the problems that surround adult care for patients with autism.
"'These kids with autism are growing into adulthood . there's a real need for some form of clinical care and services for adolescents and adults with autism,' Brodkin said.
"Brodkin created the program with the goal of working with adolescents and adults with autism to help them optimize appropriate treatment plans, medication intervention and promote overall positive well-being.
"'Once people with autism hit age 22, we have very little in the way of services, supports and entitlements,' David Mandell, director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at Penn, said. 'We're just at the beginning stages of understanding what adult services should look like.'"
'Once people with autism hit age 22, we have very little in the way of services, supports and entitlements.'
My question is WHY. Why isn't there help for adults with autism? Maybe the answer is, BECAUSE WE HAVE NEVER HAD A SIGNIFICANT POPULATION LIKE THIS BEFORE. Otherwise, young adults with autism would go where autistic adults have always gone. The problem is, no one can show us where that is. Overwhelmingly, autism affects CHILDREN. The rate of one in every 50 U.S. children is always based on studies of CHILDREN.
The disorder with no known cause or cure is about to bankrupt us as all these autistic children age out of school and become dependent on the taxpayers for their support and care.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism Reno Gazette-Journal
"A leading advocate for people suffering from autism and their families, Temple Grandin, will speak in Reno on Thursday about "The New Autism" and new diagnostic ratings for autism.
"'This is the third time she is here,' said Toni Richard of the Autism Coalition of Nevada, which is presenting the event along with the University of California Davis Mind Institute.
"Money raised at the event goes to ACON, a local nonprofit, to help local families with expenses related to children with autism, Richard said.
"'Parents really like seeing (Grandin) and hearing her, getting inspiration for their children and trying to understand more,' Richard said.
"'Born autistic, Grandin has become a leading advocate for autistic communities. In 2010, HBO released an Emmy Award-winning film on her life, "Temple Grandin,' starring Claire Danes."
We're told here that Grandin was "born autistic" and that she has degrees in psychology and animal science. She holds masters degree and a doctorate.
I guess we can all relax. Nothing to worry about. People may be born with autism, but they can become very successful. CBS Minneapolis
"One of the things that we don't often hear about are adults with autism and that's where some of the greatest need is."
We're told there's an 80 percent unemployment rate for adults with autism.
It's all positive and nothing is too concerning. It sounds like we just need to provide services and everything will be fine---as we all adjust to a disorder that was practically unknown 25 years ago.
"Any adult with autism can find success."
"We talk so much about young people with autism and programs for them, those kids are growing up and now so many different challenges."
"There are only going to be more."
"Thank you . . ." end of interview.
I don't agree that every adult with autism "can find success." I know too many children who are so terribly disabled they require constant care. They're totally disabled. This is a look at the up side of autism. These are the people who can talk and have potential to develop their talents. Many others are not so lucky.
Why have we mostly been talking about CHILDREN WITH AUTISM. No one even asks.
"Those kids are growing up" and we've never dealt with a significant population like this before. We all need to be asking why not.