Soon after Ryan was diagnosed Mike and I watched the film Adam, a Hollywood tale about a young man with Asperger’s trying to find a life for himself after his father dies.
This was the first time we were confronted with the question of what Ryan’s life might look like after we were gone. Would he be able to take care of himself? Who would watch out for him? I’m all too aware of the many allowances made for Ryan right now because he’s a young boy – sweet, eccentric, fun – and still maturing. But what happens when he gets older?
These are among the questions posted in a great New York Times feature called “Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World.” I haven’t had a chance to read the entire thing yet, but I’m intrigued by the comment early on about austism being the ‘next civil rights movement.’ I also bemoan the lack of services for young autistic adults here in Nova Scotia – and particularly good job placement services.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the article – and what programs, services or practices are helping you prepare your kids for adulthood.