Autism: Helping Your Child Head Into to Adulthood
About 16% of young adults with autism live away from home. Depending on your state, your child's housing options may include:
- Supported living in a home or apartment with a caregiver
- Group-home living with on-site staff
- Foster-home living with professional teaching parents
- Assisted living/intermediate care facilities
You can find out about housing support and services -- and who pays for them -- from your state’s developmental disabilities service.
Magro suggests that families assess their budding adults' readiness to live away from home and determine the help they will need. “Anyone with autism preparing to live on their own needs to learn the basics of independent living, including organizational skills, money management, and social skills," he says.
Putting It All Together
Some programs can help ease the transition with guidance on many aspects of adulthood, from social and kitchen skills to pastimes like book clubs and fitness activities. Then it's a matter of planning, planning, and more planning, Magro says.
“The families that I work with have learned very early on that they have to get through lots of obstacles to provide their children with what they need,” Cruger says. “That will come in handy in making the transition to adulthood.”