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New Report Sheds Light on Lives of Adults with ASD

Date Published: 
May 25, 2017

Half of  adults with autism who receive state services live with parents or other relatives, and most do not have paid jobs in their communities, according to a new report about adults who receive U.S.-based developmental disability services.

Those findings are part of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute's 2017 National Autism Indicators Report, which seeks to illuminate the lives of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). "Adulthood is the stage of life we know the least about with respect to autism research, policy and practice," program director Paul T. Shattuck, PhD, said in the report's introduction.

Researchers surveyed adults ages 18 to 64 who receive developmental disability services through their states. People with ASD who do not qualify for, or do not receive, such services were not included. To download a copy of the report, click the link below.