Morgan Autism Center is hosting a "coffee klatch" on Jan. 10 that will look at "Adult Housing and Lifespan Care Solutions Initiative."
Scott Badesch, president of the Autism Society of America, will be on hand for the informal discussion about the adult housing and services shortage crisis in California and across the United Sates.
A recent survey by Autism Speaks of more than 10,000 people with autism or connections to someone who is autistic found just one in four caregivers is saving for the future housing needs of individuals who will need it.
The survey found, "The needs of adults with autism continue to far exceed the available resources, leaving a generation of people with autism and their families in a programmatic, financial and personal limbo.
I find it amazing that no one is really alarmed about the impact all these kids with autism will have as adults. Why can't young autistic adults go where adults with autism have always gone? Why can't anyone tell us where that is? And if all the autism is just a new name for an old condition, how have "the complex needs of adults with autism" been dealt with in the past?
Someone needs to point out that the reason only one in four caregivers has been saving for future costs is because of the overwhelming financial burden of raising a child with autism. We have to realize that autism is a disorder that primarily affects CHILDREN. No one has ever shown us a comparable rate among adults--especially adults with severe autism. With a rate of one in every 50 children, the taxpayers will eventually be responsible for the cost of the autism epidemic.