By Anne Dachel
Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.
News anchor: "The coming tsunami: one in 68 children diagnosed with autism. They get school support until age 22. But then what?
"In the next decade, a half a million young adults will need a place to live and a job. Tonight, the wave of anxiety that's bringing one mom a lot of worry . . . "
LISTEN TO THE DISCUSSION:
Reporter: "In 1995, autism wasn't quite what it is now." When boy was diagnosed with autism, his mother didn't even know the word "autism."
"Advocates say there are simply not enough housing nor jobs for the coming wave of adults with autism."
We're told 30 percent will attend college. 32 percent will get a job. "And only 19 percent will ever live away from their parents without supervision."
Sam's mom: "How will I keep him safe when I'm not here?"
Anchor: "Now young with autism who have the most serious challenges will often get some services through the state after the age of 22, but nothing is guaranteed.
". . . You heard Janet, her biggest fear is, what happens after she and her husband are gone.
"There are great places like Autism Speaks where they have all kind of incredible information on their website, but it's tough."
Co-anchor: "I have to think right now there are so many parents watching that, nodding, saying, 'That's my fear too,' and those adult facilities could be overwhelmed."
Anchor: "There are no answers. It's going to have to take some type of change in society, the programs that are out there, all that is going to have to change."
Reporters have their talking points: One in every 68 U.S. children with autism will be aging out of school with no place to go. The viewers (obviously considered just as clueless as news people) are just supposed to accept the we now have another mystery about autism: Coming adults. No one batted an eye when the numbers took one gigantic leap after another. Now the new phenomenon: ADULTS WITH AUTISM. Of course no one tells us why this is a problem. Why aren't there places already?
WHAT DOES THIS TELL US ABOUT AUTISM?
Teri Arranga posted this story on Facebook with this comment:
Most California legislators will need to stand up proud and say they created additional decades of vaccine-injured, imperiled individuals. In this video, this is not quirky.this is not "better diagnosis" or a diagnosis that would have been previously missed - this is a precious human being who will NOT be able to live independently and who will be prey to whatever meager and dwindling resources are available as the multitude of significantly affected individuals reach adulthood and their parents perish.
These stories continually appear in the news.
April 29, 2015, WXXI Rochester, NY: Adults With Autism Seek Employment at Inaugural Job Fair
Many families with children with autism describe leaving high school as a 'falling off a cliff' - because of the lack of services when they become adults. Add to that, a complicated and intimidating job hunt.
April 28, 2015, azcentral.com: First Place: Living center planned for adults with autism
Construction on one of the nation's first residential projects for the growing number of adults with autism is scheduled to start in central Phoenix early next year. . . .
"Matt is part of a generation of more than 500,000 U.S. children with autism entering adulthood this decade," Denise Resnik said. "As the school bus stops coming, parents and communities are facing with autism's perfect storm: an increasing population of special needs adults, many of whom cannot live independently; dwindling government resources; and few housing options."
The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD. Lee Silsby is one of the most respected compounding pharmacies in the country and is committed to serving the needs of the Autism community. OurkidsASD is an online retailer for nutritional supplements for patients with special needs. OurkidsASD carries thousands of products from more than 60 brands and offers free ground shipping on all orders.
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 is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.