July 21, 2016, New York Daily News: Florida cop who shot unarmed therapist was aiming for his patient
July 21, 2016, Winston-Salem, NC: Fire Department Saves Autistic Man From Treatment Plant Drainage Ditch
July 21, 2016, Long Island Exchange: Suffolk Police Issue Silver Alert for Missing Autistic North Amityville Man
July 21, 2016, New Jersey Herald: Panel: 'Abuse' was cause of autistic student's broken legs
July 15, 2016, Los Angeles Times: Teen with autism was pepper sprayed and shot with Taser for being combative, police say...
July 15, 2016, Fox6 Memphis TN: Hired caregiver accused of punching, kicking autistic patient
July 13, 2016, Las Vegas Sun: Autistic man goes missing in northeast valley
You might never have thought that our society, in the span of about twenty-five years, could quietly come to accept a massive number of children with a disorder that was previously almost unknown--but we have. It's called "autism." The numbers have continually increased over the last twenty-five years with no sense of alarm. We've been conditioned to believe that those in charge are doing everything they can to research what's going on. We can take comfort in the fact that officials and doctors are worried. We can delude ourselves into believing that autism is just a new name for an age-old condition.
Children with autism are now an established fact of life here in the U.S. This article addresses what ahead. ADULTS WITH AUTISM. It asks the inane question, "What will happen to adult children with autism?" This is something that always makes me want to shout back: "Why can't they go where adults have always gone, where the middle aged and elderly autistic population is living? AND just where are all the adults with autism? Please show us a comparable population among adults---people with the same features of autism we see in our children.
Why didn't Richard Harris entitle this piece, "Where are all the adults with autism?" That's the question we all should be asking.
Harris cites the equally lame book, In a Different Key, by Caren Zucker and John Donvan.
Zucker has a 22-year-old son on the autism spectrum. She says she worries every single day about what will happen to Mickey after she and her husband are gone. “We haven’t figured it out,” she says
I've written lots of articles about the approaching tsunami of adults that everyone seems to be scratching their heads over.
Harris does such a disservice to everyone by presenting the problem while ignoring the obvious: AUTISM IS AN EPIDEMIC OF FAIRLY RECENT ORIGIN (in the words of the former attorney general of Wisconsin to U.S. Senator Herb Kohl in 2006).
And Harris, Donvan, and Zucker (and everyone else writing on this for the last two decades) fail to honestly admit that it's the taxpayers in each state that will be saddled with the enormous cost of caring for massive numbers of neurologically disabled adults who aren't here now. That's the real cover-up, and the public will demand to know how come no one warned them this was happening. Why were they told that all this was just the result of "better diagnosing"?
July 21, 2016, What Will Happen to Adult Children with Autism? By Richard Harris
The new film, 'Life Animated,' sheds light on the realities facing families
Talk about nerve-wracking. Sitting in the Green Room at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Walter Suskind was about to screen the world premiere of the documentary Life, Animated. It would be his first time watching the film inspired by his father Ron Suskind’s best-selling book Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism. And he would be doing so in a theater with hundreds of strangers....
Things would soon change for the family. Shortly after those home movies were shot, Owen — described by his dad as having the “usual going-on-three vocabulary of a few hundred words” — suddenly stopped talking. The little boy they knew disappeared into autism at age 3....
As Owen’s only sibling, Walter, now 27, has been projecting ahead to the day he’ll become Owen’s caretaker ever since he was a teenager.
“It seems a bit daunting that as my parents (now in their 50s) get older it will be on me to care for them and then become Owen’s primary guardian,” he says....
There are some 50,000 adolescents with autism who are turning 18 this year. That suggests that by 2023, a half million autistic kids will be joining the adult population. Adults with autism “aren’t cute,” says Zucker. “They scare people. The idea behind our book is to educate people and understand that adults are kids with autism who grow up and they’re still good human beings.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.