The Big Picture
An estimated 50,000 Americans with autism will turn 18 each year as part of a surge of children diagnosed in the 1990’s. Of these 50,000 Americans, a significant number have graduated from high school with average to above average GPA’s, have a desire to get a job, dream of attending college, and anticipate a future much like their peers. Due to some very subtle deficits that often times go unnoticed, their opportunities for success are often limited, and the pathway to adulthood can be riddled with difficulties and disappointment.
As they graduate from high school, many individuals and families are faced with the daunting reality that the supports and services they relied on during their formative years have now come to an end. Compounding this fact is the unfortunate reality of a community that is not always prepared to understand the unique talents and needs of these individuals.