Peter Bell, executive vice-president of Autism Speaks and father of a teenage son with autism, discusses what some of the major autism advocacy groups are doing to try to meet the ongoing needs of adults with autism, and the special challenges presented by tough economic times.
When we think of autism, we tend to think of children, but what happens to those children when they grow up and leave the educational system where federal law requires they get the services they need? And what happens to them when their parents are gone? Need to Know looks at two families struggling to provide a future for their adult sons with autism.
For many young adults with autism, the state aid they receive for care, education and even housing runs out at the age of 22. What happens to these adults who are graduating into the unknown?
Parents of children with severe developmental disabilities often have to fight to get them what they need, especially once they become adults.
An Indiana teenager with severe autism could lose the residential care he needs if the state withdraws its funding. Maria Hinojosa spoke with the single father raising him.
On Monday Britain’s medical council stripped Andrew Wakefield of his license, saying he had “abused his position of trust” and “brought the medical profession into disrepute.”