Government provides various services and funds for children with autism spectrum disorder but when the children reach the age of 21, they lose most of the services offered. Autism is looked at as a children's disorder, with research focused on dealing with the disease clinically and treating children.
There has been an increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in the recent decades and these youngsters are growing up.
According to a new research, about 26% of young adults with autism do not receive services. Such services include gaining employment, continuing their education and transitioning to a home of their own. There is less government funding for adults than for children's treatment.
The research also found that 60% of young adults with autism had at least two other mental health conditions complicating treatment needs.
The way autism manifests in each patient varies, some will hold on to jobs, live independently and have productive lives, but others struggle to even meet their basic needs.
Parents with autistic child are encouraged by schools to prepare for the child's future as early as middle school. There are not enough programs offered once the child leaves school or the programs offered are too expensive.