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Online newsBy Anne Dachel

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Nov 20, 2013, NorthJersey.com: Ramsey complex for adults with autism wins praise from state

Nov 19, 2013, AM 590 Kalamazoo MI: Kalamazoo College professor writes book on raising child with autism

Nov 19, 2013, BBC News: 'Unacceptable' autism diagnosis delays in North Yorkshire

Nov 18, 2013, Fox 29 Lake Charles, LA: House teaches autistic adults independence


"Airmount Woods is a supportive housing development designed specifically for adults with autism who have aged out of traditional services. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the nine-unit complex, located on Airmount Avenue, was held Oct. 25.

"Residents are expected to move in early next year, Mayor Chris Botta said Tuesday. . . .
"A news release issued Tuesday by the Department of Community Affairs lauded the first development for autistic adults in the state.

"'Airmount Woods Supportive Housing will provide an affordable, durable, and safe living environment that is sensitive to the challenges young people with autism spectrum disorders face,' said DCA Commissioner Richard E. Constable III, who also is chairman of the state Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. 'Projects like these truly help individuals with special needs live successfully in communities throughout the state.'

"The roughly $2.3 million project was funded with about $924,000 from the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, $800,000 from Ramsey's Affordable Housing Trust Fund, $200,000 from the Bergen County United Way and $350,000 from the Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Capital Fund."

Notice that the project cost $2.3 million but we're not told how many adults will actually be living there.

This is for YOUNG adults. Where do the older adults with autism live?

This is the "FIRST DEVELOPMENT FOR AUTISTIC ADULTS IN STATE." What does this tell us?
AM 590 Kalamazoo

"A professor at Kalamazoo College has written a book about parenting an autistic child.
"English professor Bruce Mills has a 21 year old son with autism, and he says he wanted to write a book about what it's like raising a child with the condition. He says that 'An Archaeology of Yearning' ultimately focuses on the building of connections between people.

"Mills wanted to share the experience of autism, as more cases are being diagnosed each year. An Archaeology of Yearning can be found on Amazon."

This is an innocuous little write-up about a father's book about raising his autistic son and I probably would have just gone on but for that one sentence:
"Mills wanted to share the experience of autism, as more cases are being diagnosed each year."
By now we've all learned not to ask why. No one knows. It's that simple. So we don't talk about it.
I looked at the book on Amazon and Bruce Mills' son is pretty severely affected. And no one asks why.
BBC News
"Nearly three quarters of children with suspected autism are waiting too long to be diagnosed, NHS figures for North Yorkshire have shown.

"Guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence say all children should be assessed for autism within three months of referral.

"But of 254 children in North Yorkshire currently listed for assessment, 180 have exceeded that waiting period.

"The NHS in North Yorkshire said 'good progress' was being made to cut delays."
What is really disturbing about this is that having 254 kids on a list to be evaluated for autism is acceptable, but having to wait isn't.
Fox 29 Lake Charles, LA
"Parents whose children were becoming adults started to worry about 'What's going to happen to my kids when I'm gone?'"
This is a feel-good story about the creation of a home for four autistic adults. FOUR.
It sounds like our society cares about autism and provides for those affected. Of course we're not told about the level of disability or how much support is needed or how much all this costs or how many more young adults are on waiting lists in the area.



Yes, autism services for adults are not as available for children. But, I think this is where autism self-advocates who are health professionals should do constructive things to improve the situation. Health professionals who are autism self-advocates can really be change agents in their health professional communities... as they can spread the message to other members in such communities more directly.

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