Peter Bell on handling the upcoming needs of autistic adults

In a single generation, autism has become one of the most common developmental disabilities, affecting an estimated 1.5 million Americans. With so many children diagnosed in the 1990s, over the next decade, hundreds of thousands of them will reach adulthood. How do we handle the upcoming needs of the adult autism community?

On August 3, Congress will begin considering the renewal of the Combating Autism Act of 2006. Signed into law by President George W. Bush, it authorized nearly $1 billion for combating autism spectrum disorders through public awareness and enhanced federal support for research and treatment.

And there’s a lot that we can do from a private sector standpoint as well. To talk about the steps autism advocates recommend, Alison Stewart spoke with Peter Bell, executive vice-president of Autism Speaks, and the father of a teenage son with autism.

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Losing the safety net: Adults with autism
A generation with autism, graduating into the unknown
Coming of age with autism
When care runs out

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fafa-Sojidellha/100002565544953 Fafa Sojidellha

    Without diminishing the challenges he and his parents face, just wanted to say I absolutely loved the personality of Joe — the young adult with autism you profiled…Thanks for the insight on this topic.