Lifespan Services for those Affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This issue of NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder series was written by Lisa Kwapis from Florida International University. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Lifespan service is a topic that is fast approaching the forefront of ASD related research in the 21st century. Although this topic is difficult to gather information due to the lack of research available, many feel it is necessary. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “An Increasing number of previously undiagnosed adults are being identified.” These eluded Adults with ASD and those who have aged out of their formal educational training years are “having difficulties with employment, social relationships, housing and functioning independently”, and continue to need supportive services. In this article, the following topics will be addressed: traditional understanding of autism spectrum disorder, challenges faced in adulthood, what is being done, and a conclusion statement.

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