Innovative program for adults with autism

As years go by, the growing numbers of children with autism become a growing number of adults with autism. Services helping these adults learn to live independently are scarce. One reason for the lack of services: there are few programs that train professionals to work with autistic adults.

The most-viewed exterior link on the blog’s Facebook page for November is an article from The Mighty about a program in the works at Rutgers University that will train future professionals as it provides support for autistic adults. Once launched, the program will offer university jobs for up to sixty adults with autism who live off campus. Meanwhile, college students can get real-life experience in working with autistic adults. In a later phase, several university-employed adults with autism will live with graduate students on campus in an apartment-style residence.

Rutgers hopes this program will be copied or modified by other universities, noting that it could be adapted for other types of disabilities.

To read the entire article, follow this link: Rutgers University Debuts First-of-Its-Kind Program for Adults With Autism.


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3 responses to “Innovative program for adults with autism”

  1. caelesti says :

    What I’d like to see is more training and recruitment of autistic adults in professions that work with people with disabilities (both children and adults) in a pro-neurodiversity paradigm. It usually seems like people who are trained to be autism specialists are the perkiest neurotypicals, and I often find more empathy and understanding from other autistic & neurodivergent adults, and we could teach them a lot, even if we don’t have official professional training. Many of us do various kinds of work that is unpaid & unrecognized to help each other- particularly teens & adults that don’t have family members able and/or willing to help them get diagnoses, healthcare, housing, jobs etc. This is a similar situation to other kinds of minorities- GLBT, ethnic groups etc. and more so of course when there is more intersections.


    • janet565 says :

      You raise some excellent points! Those who might be thought of as hovering near the hypothetical “neurotypical/atypical boundary” would be really great at what you suggest, if they are so inclined. They have an understanding of both worlds and can help bridge the gap for those who are more impacted.


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