After Turning 22, Adults with Autism Face Uncertainty

Young adults with autism stop receiving state services when they turn 22 in most cases.

Concerns are growing about the future for children with autism, who only get school support until they’re 22.

In the next five years, around half a million young adults with autism will need a place to live and work, according to “Aging out” is the term for services including schooling that disappear for people with autism once they turn 22.

The rule is raising concerns among the people who care for autistic teens. Studies show roughly 30 percent of young adults with autism will attend college but just 19 will ever live away from their parents unsupervised. Some people with serious autism will receive state services after the age of 22, but nothing is guaranteed.

One in 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism.

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