Dateline NBC Investigates 'Aging Out' with Autism in "On the Brink" - Madison House Autism Foundation SUNDAY, APRIL 12.
Kate Snow Shares Powerful Stories Of Young Adults Living With Autism And Their Families' Desperate Search for Specialized Support
Dateline's "On the Brink" Airs Sunday, April 12 at 7pm/6c
NEW YORK - April 9, 2015 - On Sunday, April 12 at 7pm/6c, NBC's Dateline will air "On the Brink," a powerful new report, three years in the making, that puts a spotlight on autism's 'aging out' crisis. Over the next ten years, an estimated half a million young people with autism will turn 21 and 'age out' -- losing their eligibility for help through the education system. The stability and structure they have had nearly their whole lives will end, and there's no equivalent support system to take over. "On the Brink" takes an unprecedented look at the lives of young adults with autism and the extraordinary measures parents take to provide their children with specialized services and a better future.
"The joy they feel in this moment masks the terror and dread lurking just below the surface. "
"It's a tsunami of children who are aging to adult life."
"The burden of caring for Eric and Nick will fall almost entirely on their families. "