New Projects and Resources:
In March, Autism Speaks launched Is It Autism and If So, What Next? A Guide for Adults, a tool kit designed to help adults who suspect they may have autism, as well as those recently diagnosed with the disorder. Learn more here!
In late 2014, Autism Speaks launched three great new employment tools for the autism community. Check them out here!
Autism Speaks is excited to announce the launch of our latest tool Community-based Skills Assessment (CSA): Developing a Personalized Transition Plan!
We have also established 2 new networking groups on LinkedIn - to connect members of the community around specific adult-related issues. Please join us!
- Autism Employment Network, powered by Autism Speaks
- Housing & Residential Supports Network, powered by Autism Speaks
At Autism Speaks, our goal is to provide individuals with autism and their families with all the tools they need throughout the lifespan. Adults living with autism often have difficulty finding information about programs and supports that would allow them to live as independently as possible.
Therefore, our Adult Services initiatives focus on resources that impact all facets of adult life including employment, housing, community life and post-secondary education.
The Adult Services section of our website is divided into 7 sections:
- Housing and Community Living
- Autism and Employment
- Postsecondary Educational Opportunities
- Autism Speaks Adult Services Grants
- Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism
- Adults with Autism in the News
- Adults with Autism Resource Library
We are constantly updating our website so be sure to come back often for updates and new resources!
Autism Speaks Announces Results of National Housing Survey!
Despite the extraordinary need for housing and support services, only 24% of caregivers reported that the individual is currently on a waiting list to receive these services. Just one in four caregivers is currently saving for the future housing needs of the individual. These statistics highlight the drastic need for funding for these families to help connect individuals with the housing and residential support services that will allow them to thrive as adults. The results from the survey clearly indicate there must be greater awareness and better education of families of individuals with autism regarding the steps to take at an early age to ensure access to housing and residential supports for when they reach adulthood. Click here to read the executive summary.
Autism Speaks Announces Two Postsecondary Education Resources for Adults with Autism!
Autism Speaks recently announced the Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund and the launch of its first-ever Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide designed to help young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families explore various educational opportunities beyond high school. Click here to learn more!