Apr 1, 2014, Forbes: After Graduation, Support Is Scarce Yet Crucial For Young Adults With Autism
Mar 31, 2014, Philly.com: App review: CHOP's Vaccines on the Go: What you should know.
An incredible amount of progress has been made in raising awareness for children with autism-but once these children grow up, it's a whole other story.
According to parents, after high school graduation, options become scarce. While there are programs out there that help individuals lead productive and rewarding lives, there are too few available to meet the population's need.
Because Autism affects a person's ability to process information and understand social cues, continued support is needed in a wide array of areas: paying bills, maintaining personal hygiene, finding and keeping a job, and, most importantly, socializing with others.
'Once they graduate, there's almost nothing for them, but the majority of them require a continuum of care.'
Since Forbes has been so outspoken in denying any real increase in the autism rate, it's hard to understand this coverage. If autism has always been here, just called something else, we'd have to have services in place for all these adults, regardless of the level of disability.
The reason we are the verge of a health/economic disaster as these children with autism become adults is become we've spent 20 denying any real increase in the rate. The rate of autism is ALWAYS BASED ON STUDIES OF CHILDREN. No one has ever found a comparable rate among adults--especially adults with severe autism whose symptoms are easily recognized.
And the one British study that supposedly found a one percent rate among adults doesn't count. Survey questions that identified people who'd rather stay home and read a book rather than go to a party have no relevance when talking about children with severe development problems.
Looking for a resource that has all you need to know about vaccines from a trusted source? The Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know app from The Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers a breadth of information on vaccines in an easy navigable format.
The app includes information about:
- Vaccines and the diseases they prevent, along with potential side effects
- Vaccine safety topics, including autism, vaccine safety monitoring systems, and too many vaccines
- Types of vaccines and how they're made
- Recommended immunization schedules for children, teens and adults
Offit: "The more you know about vaccines, the better the decisions you can make for your child."
It's getting harder and harder to convince the public that vaccines are safe. CHOP (and Offit) are trying apps. "The more you know about vaccines," make you think the schedule is insane.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.