What happens to young adults on the autism spectrum or with other
developmental disabilities when they �age out� of the education and daily
support systems they�ve come to rely on?
. He�ll tell you that the world into which these young people are
thrown can be confusing, disjointed and without the meaningful support
networks and skills training they need to succeed as adults.
In fact, 50,000 people on the
autism spectrum reach adulthood every year. Less than half
participate in secondary education or employment in the two years after high
school and only 35 percent receive any additional education within
are filling the gap and providing opportunities for young people with
special needs like to learn
and practice life skills. But it�s time for a national response to
ensure resources are available to empower young adults with special
needs to lead the productive, fulfilling lives they
Act to fund
research into the aging-out phenomenon and inventory available
community-based housing, continuing education, transportation and community
integration services. In addition, a strategic plan would be created for
a pilot program providing a full range of support services for young
adults in transition.
Like the Combating Autism
Reauthorization Act, this bill is the right thing to do for all of our families and
communities touched by autism. I�m going to work hard to gain
the bipartisan support we need to get it passed.
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