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As parents of autistic children, we know that there are several truths in life when it concerns our children.
Autism is a part of life, not always a welcomed part some would say, but a very solid part.
We will do whatever is necessary to ensure the highest quality of life by advocating for our children daily. We also know that eventually our children will grow up and become autistic adults.
Some may go on to live independently and some may need continued support throughout the rest of their lives. Some may continue to live with us and some may live in a supported/group home. Just like our children are individuals, their needs are also different.
So how do we support autistic adults?
Autism in Adults
Autism in adults is not discussed quite as much as children’s autism, a disorder that is now thought to affect roughly one out of every 150 children born.
And although treatments are available, autism is not curable and it negatively affects social development and thought processes all throughout the life of someone who has the disorder.
Each person with autism is profoundly different and requires different levels of help.
Autism, at one point, was defined as ranging from mild to severe. That has since changed with the introduction of DSM-V in 2013. The new way is with Levels.
- Level 3: Requiring very substantial support (would have been severe autism)
- Level 2: Requiring substantial support (would have been moderate autism)
- Level 1: Requiring support (Would have been mild or high functioning autism)
But, because I’m still more familiar (and comfortable) with DSM-IV, I choose to use that in this post.
Classifying Autism in Adults (with DSM-IV)
Adults with mild autism are defined as high-functioning and those with severe autism are considered low-functioning. Low-functioning adults with severe autism need constant care from their families or within a facility that can address their needs around the clock (which is very expensive).
In contrast, adults with mild autism can lead relatively “normal” lives- with the right amount of support. That’s not to say that an individual with so-called severe autism cannot.
However, these terms and labels can also be incredibly misleading. But, let’s keep them in mind for purposes of this post.
They can live on their own and work, support and care for themselves. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have challenges. In fact, many high functioning autistic adults see their biggest problem as the way others perceive them and the reactions of other people to their “bizarre” behaviors is often troubling.
How well an autistic adult is able to take care of him/herself is often directly correlated with the quality of education they received as children and how early that education began. If they have been properly taught social responses and accepted behaviors, autistic adults can function as contributing members of society.
They can have families, careers, and social lives.
Even so, the majority of even high-functioning autistic adults live at home or in residential facilities.
There are autistic adults that have college degrees and are extremely innovative and there are others that require fairly simple jobs in order to succeed. Paying bills, cooking, and other independent behaviors can sometimes be taught.
Other times, special services may be required to help independent autistic adults stay independent.
Autism in adults does make things tougher when it comes to finding work. Most autistic adults have limited short-term memory, but superior long-term memory compared to the rest of us. So jobs that require lots of memorization are perfect fits.
Support Options Available for Autistic Adults
Organizations like the Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) provide employment opportunities for autistic adults. They also conduct various job training programs based on the areas of strengths for each particular candidate.
Most will say that autism is difficult to cope with.
Social difficulties occur on a daily basis and being unable to adequately mediate responses and situations is not a choice – it is part of who they are.
However, with the right amount of support and training, many autistic adults can function in society. They are incredibly successful.
Trying to socialize with others can be a real challenge for autistic adults.
That is why it is a good idea to get them involved in programs and activities that encourage human contact and teach them how to socialize with others. And just as important, we must educate those around us about this disorder, so that we can assist autistic adults in their struggle to fit in.
By teaching others about this disorder, we can hopefully develop into a more understanding and accepting society.
Fortunately, mainstream society is becoming more familiar with autism, especially since the number of autistic children being born is climbing at an alarming rate. Just like people with other disabilities, autism in adults requires special understanding.
Being different does not mean being worthless or that autistic adults shouldn’t be given a chance for success.
This disorder is not a curse.
There are many people who do not see adult autism as a curse.
And on the other hand, there are many people who actually enjoy being autistic.
They consider being autistic a part of who they are and wouldn’t have it any other way. They don’t want to be cured; they just want to be accepted by everyone. Yes, they too have strengths and weaknesses like everyone else, but most of all, they are people and have every right to enjoy life just like you and me.
One of the best ways that we can supports autistic adults, aside from supporting the individual and treating them as a human being; is to also support their families.
By providing support and needed services to families, especially when they are still autistic children can be one of the best things to do. It sets a standard and also gives a family some inkling of how to prepare for the future.
August 4, 2020
Published in: Mental Health, Primary Care
Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, and according to the latest Center for Disease Control research, 1 in 59 children in the United States (a 15% increase) are diagnosed with autism. Autism is also four times more common in boys than girls. It’s challenging to acquire exact statistics about autism in children because many adults not diagnosed with autism in early childhood go undiagnosed into adulthood. It’s estimated that there are about 3.5 million Americans living with a type of autism, but all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups worldwide are impacted.
Given these statistics, there’s a high likelihood that you know someone that has autism or a family that is caring for someone with autism. Autism is a complex condition with a variety of signs, symptoms, and severity levels. Currently, there is no blood test or cure for autism, so early detection and intervention with treatment and services are key to improve a persons development and functionality for a lifetime. Given the prevalence and complexity of autism, it’s important to be aware of ways you can support people that dealing with the condition.
Knowledge is Power
By educating yourself about autism, you are better prepared to recognize the signs and feel more confident when interacting with someone with autism. Autism is a Spectrum Disorder (ASD), meaning there are many variations as to how high or low functioning a person is developmentally and intellectually. Many people depending on where they are on the autism spectrum, live as high functioning adults. The signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder may be hard to recognize in a high functioning person, whereas low functioning signs and symptoms are more recognizable.
Common Autism Spectrum Disorder Signs:
- Communication difficulty (verbal and nonverbal)
- Social interaction difficulty
- Has restricted interests
- Has repetitive behaviors
People with Autism Spectrum Disorder can have many strengths as well.
Common strengths of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder include:
- Remembers information for long periods of time
- Able to learn things in detail
- Strong visual and auditory learners
- Excels in math, science, music or art
It’s important to remember, like with any condition or disease, that autism does not present itself the same way in every person.
Autism presents itself in a variety of ways, and our interactions may vary depending on where the person is on the autism spectrum, but some common guidelines for building rapport do apply. First and foremost, like anyone you are communicating with, be respectful. Finding common ground for communicating is key and doing so may take time and patience with a low functioning autistic individual. In contrast, a high functioning autistic individual may be more literal in their communication. It’s also common for a person with autism to have less direct eye contact during conversation and to fixate on a particular topic during a conversation. Simple actions like a gentle redirection to the next topic can help move the conversation along. Whatever your interaction, be mindful that an autistic person’s communication style may be very different than ours. However, patience and finding common ground are ways to start building rapport.
Sensory issues are a common challenge for people with autism. If you are interacting with an autistic person knowing what these sensory issues are will be helpful to you. Some of the sensory challenges an autistic individual may experience are high sensitivity to touch, sound, light, taste, and smell. Avoiding large, crowded spaces, or bright colors can help create a soothing environment for a person with autism and avoid sensory overload.
Sometimes boundary issues like touching and closeness within personal space can occur because of a delay in understanding common social norms. This can be easily addressed by simply asking the person the step back or creating some distance between the two of you. Modeling social norms when communicating with a person with autism helps create a structured, positive environment.
Supporting Family or Friends That are Caregivers for a Person with Autism
Chances are you already know family or friends that are autism caregivers. Just like with other caregivers, one of the best ways to show support is to give them a break from their daily routine. Let your family and friends know that you want to support them as an autistic caregiver and discuss ways you can help the caregiver. Making meals, cleaning, yard work, and childcare are great ways to support a caregiver. Remember, even a small amount of support to a caregiver can go a long way.
Supporting a Co-Worker with Autism
Individuals with autism can add different perspectives and strengths into the workplace. An individual with autism can have challenges as well, such as anxiety, communication, time management, and/or staying focused. If an issue arises at work it’s important to show respect, patience, and compassion. Don’t hesitate to try and get to know the person better to gain a deeper understanding of their specific strengths and challenges. Remember, each individual’s experience with ACD is different.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is lifelong and impacts emotions, sensory experience, and social-interactions. As autism diagnosis rates continue to increase, it’s important that we educate ourselves about the disorder. In doing so, we’ll be better equipped to build relationships, understand sensory awareness, offer support to family and friends, and learn how to support autistic colleagues in the workplace.
By Katie Weisman, SafeMinds Board Member
So, it’s Autism Awareness Month again. Hmmm….
Facebook is abuzz with posts about autism awareness. Buildings are lighting up in blue to show support for autism, while Twitter is chirping with the hashtags #autism and #awareness. There are hundreds of events around the country celebrating that more and more people know what autism is. Frankly, I think you’d have to be a hermit not to have heard of autism by now. The problem is that nobody seems concerned about how common autism has become.
I’m still waiting for the part where our government and the general public wake up and realize that what was considered a “rare disorder” when my boys were diagnosed 14 years ago, is now affecting children in every neighborhood in America.
Actually, in my neighborhood, counting my boys, there are eight kids on the spectrum. Eight children! And only one is high-functioning enough that you wouldn’t immediately know he’s on the spectrum. The general disregard for the increased numbers of people with autism baffles me. It is, as my son Don would say, an “Epic Fail! “
So even if we can’t get others interested in why there’s an increase in autism prevalence, I thought I should write the truth about what our families need, so that those who do care can really help. This is my list, but please add your thoughts in the comment section below and share this on social media so that other families affected by autism can chime in about what helps them the most. And make sure it gets to your friends and families so that our support networks are activated.
What does the family of someone significantly impacted by autism wish for?
1) Our children with autism need friends – There are no two ways about it. Our kids don’t have the friends that they need and deserve. As parents with children older than five or six, it is really uncomfortable for us to ask other parents for playdates, knowing that initially our kids will probably ignore your kids or may not have the attention to complete an activity. Our kids are kind, naïve, and often have great, if quirky, senses of humor. Can you please ask us to get together – and keep asking – and keep asking? Can you please invite our kids to parties or movies or whatever? It takes time for our kids to feel comfortable with others and this gets harder and harder as the kids get older. And once our kids age out of school at 21, they may lose what friends they had, as those friends go off to college – so please stay in touch!
2) Our older children with autism need employment – Stop and really think about this. Parents worry enough about what their typical kids will do to earn a living in a tough economy. Now imagine how scary it is to be the parent of a young adult with autism who is minimally verbal, obsesses about routines, and takes time to learn new skills. Finding even part-time employment is challenging. If you own a business, look for the jobs you need to fill that might work for someone on the spectrum and reach out to families. If you have a friend with a business, reach out and connect them to local parents. If you’re just looking for some help, hire our kids to walk your dog, or water your plants, or shovel your driveway. Our kids are reliable, can be extremely focused, and don’t engage in personal drama. You may find that they become your favorite employees. But you won’t know until you try.
3) Our children with autism need to learn new skills – Offer to be a mentor or teach someone with autism a skill. Many of our kids have personal strengths and specific interests and they learn best by seeing something done. Reach out to your local schools and agencies and offer your time and expertise. Maybe you are a train conductor or a meteorologist or you work with computers or you are a professional musician. Helping someone with autism get a start in a field that they love may be the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done.
4) Families affected by autism also need money and time – There may be local families you know who you suspect are struggling financially. You are probably right. Medical, educational, and recreational costs for children with autism can be overwhelming. Often, only one parent can work and the other has to either work less or give up their job to be available for their child’s needs. Single parents have kids with autism, too. Think about anonymously making a collection to fund something they need – food for a special diet, gas to visit the specialist three hours away, or extra help with homework. Offer to do something fun with the kids and give the parents a gift certificate for a local restaurant. A one-time gesture of kindness goes a long way. Or you could even help set up a regular recreation program in your town that provides volunteer support for people with disabilities. Many existing recreation programs are too expensive for families affected by autism to afford, or require the parents to drive their kids further than they can fit into their schedule. Or find a way to help provide transportation if a family doesn’t have the resources to access programs that are available.
5) Our kids and adults with autism need volunteer opportunities – Help find ways for people with autism to volunteer in your communities. It is a win-win for everyone. Many community groups always need more help and many people with autism need opportunities to be out and socialize with others. Whether it’s blowing up balloons for an event, planting flowers to beautify your town, working in a soup kitchen, or packing boxes for our troops, giving back to others is a wonderful way to gain self-confidence and build lasting friendships. Find ways to be truly inclusive by inviting people with autism to volunteer with you.
We’d like this to be an ongoing dialogue. Please share your thoughts, your children’s needs, your family’s needs, and any great ideas that have worked in your community.
I truly hope that someday there will be no need for Autism Awareness Month and that we can all just “be” – members of communities all supporting each other.
Katie Weisman is the mother of identical triplet boys who all have autism. After a career as a technical designer, she is now a full-time mom and autism advocate. All three of Katie’s sons have mercury poisoning, which she believes is the primary cause of their disability. She chairs the SafeMinds Government Affairs Committee and sits on the Research/Environmental Committee. She lives in Mount Kisco, New York with her husband, Doug, and her three wonderful sons.
How to Support Mental Health in People with Autism
A new study suggests that autistic individuals have higher levels of stress and depression when they don’t feel accepted.
Mental health among autistic individuals is an underdeveloped area of research—a situation that many autistic people are advocating to change. This is especially crucial since rates of depression and thoughts of suicide are higher among autistic people than in the general population.
But why would there be a stark difference in the mental health and well-being of autistic people compared to “neurotypical” people? A recent study, one of the few looking at this issue, set out to examine the importance of acceptance.
One hundred eleven autistic individuals in the U.K. filled out online surveys about their levels of acceptance—from themselves and society—and their depression, anxiety, and stress. Authentic autism acceptance would imply “an individual feeling accepted or appreciated as an autistic person, with autism positively recognized and accepted by others and the self as an integral part of that individual,” the study explained.
The results? As predicted, those who felt less accepted by others and by themselves showed higher levels of depression and stress.
When asked about societal acceptance, 43 percent of participants said they did not feel accepted by society in general, and 48 percent said they did not feel accepted sometimes.
In describing their experiences of not feeling accepted, respondents most often alluded to “misunderstandings and misconceptions about autism, experiences of masking/camouflaging,” and other issues, the study authors report. Masking and camouflaging refer to an autistic person making efforts to “pass” as neurotypical and the stress and exhaustion that result from that. It makes sense that feeling pressured to hide a part of yourself would result in higher stress and a tendency toward depression, given how critical social relationships and a sense of belonging are to well-being.
On the other hand, there was no significant link between autism acceptance and anxiety. The researchers postulate that anxiety can come from a host of sources for the autistic person; acceptance may not be as primary as, for example, the sensory sensitivities that can accompany autism.
So how can we support the mental health of autistic people?
According to the researchers, one factor that can contribute to acceptance is how we think about autism—in particular, whether we embrace the “neurodiversity” framework and a social model of disability, as opposed to a medical one. Neurodiversity is a way of conceptualizing mental differences as part of natural human diversity, as opposed to pathologizing some neurological makeups (such as autism) as abnormal. The social model of disability focuses on systemic factors within society that disadvantage particular people, whereas a medical model sees certain people as intrinsically, biologically disabled when they differ from a perceived norm.
The results of this study also indicate that we should pay greater attention to the stressful experience of “masking,” and ways that friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and family members can deepen their understanding of the autistic experience and help autistics feel seen for who they are.
A great place to start is to follow the #ActuallyAutistic hashtag on Twitter (an online social media movement whereby autistic voices are amplified with the slogan “nothing about us without us”), as well as the blog of autistic scholar and activist Nick Walker and my own The Neurodiversity Project. Learning about topics such as sensory sensitivities, heightened empathy (as opposed to lessened), and other unique autistic experiences can go a long way in understanding autistic people in our lives.
This particular study is noteworthy for surveying autistic individuals, as opposed to simply reporting professionals’ views of them. With greater self-acceptance and societal acceptance, autistic people may be able to foster a larger sense of belonging and agency, thereby reducing feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression—all critical for mental health.
So it’s World Autism Awareness Month again!
Those who follow Autistic Not Weird’s Facebook page [links open in new tabs] will know that I often use the occasion to upload a ton of picture posts- not just to spread awareness but to encourage autism acceptance too.
This year, instead of uploading facts about autism like I have in the past, I started an album called “Fifty ways to help autistic people“. And, as promised, here they are in one big album outside of Facebook.
I’m keeping this intro short, because there’s fifty things in here to digest already. So without further ado, here we go!
(Because of copy-paste theft websites, I’ve had to disable right-clicking across Autistic Not Weird. If you want to share these, here’s the link to the full album on Facebook. Of course, sharing this article works just as well.)
So that’s it for this year!
Oh wait, no it’s not. Autism (and more importantly, autistic people) exist for the rest of the year too, so I will be joining the wider autism community in advocating to improve the lives of autistic people wherever we can.
To those who want more, feel free to join us on Autistic Not Weird’s Facebook page. And since writing for Autistic Not Weird is now literally my job, take a look at what’s available on here’s my Patreon page for those we feel able to support my work (in exchange for some nice rewards).
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Underdogs, a near-future dystopia series where the heroes are teenagers with special needs, is a character-driven war story which pitches twelve people against an army of millions, balancing intense action with a deeply developed neurodiverse cast.
Book one can be found here:
Chris Bonnello is a national and international autism speaker, available to lead talks and training sessions from the perspective of an autistic former teacher. For further information please click here (opens in new window).
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It’s Autism Awareness Month and many of us who are on the spectrum tend to dread this time of year. Our voices are often drowned out and we are gaslit by people who say they are advocates who are there to help us. Autism Awareness Month can often be very counterproductive to the autistic community. Awareness can turn into fear-mongering and scare tactics. However, there isn’t anything scary about autism.
Autism is a spectrum and although each autistic has their challenges, we also have many gifts. Many autistics accept and embrace our neurodiversity and look for understanding and acceptance from society.
Here are seven ways you can support autistics during Autism Awareness Month (or Autism Acceptance Month).
1) Don’t support Autism Speaks.
Early on, Autism Speaks awareness campaigns did a lot of harm to the autistic community. Autism Speaks is the leader in autism awareness, and when it was extremely important to spread positive messages about autism, Autism Speaks chose to spread fear campaigns, promoted eugenics, and caused widespread fear about vaccines. In a 2009 ad campaign “I am autism” they speak about how autism “works faster than pediatrics AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined” and goes further to claim that “autism will make your marriage fail.” In 2016 they stated that they had listened to the autistic community and had refocused their mission statement to remove the word “cure” from their language. However, Autism Speaks still uses funding for research and therapies that have harmed autistics. The puzzle piece symbol as well as the “light up blue” campaign they still use does not accurately portray the autistic community. Most autistics prefer to support Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Autistic Women & Non-Binary Network (AWN), and others.
2) Stop believing autism needs to be cured or is a tragedy.
Autism is part of many autistics’ identities. If you removed it, many of us don’t know who we are without it. It is how we experience the world around us. To imply that we need to be cured implies that we are sick — we are not. That doesn’t mean autistics don’t go through their own struggles, but our lives aren’t tragic and we don’t need a cure. Learning I was autistic has made me feel accepted and apart of a community.
3) Acceptance instead of awareness.
At this point, most people know what autism is. We don’t really need awareness, but we do need acceptance and understanding. Each autistic person is unique and has their own amazing way they see the world. Autism acceptance can look like not judging when a child is having a meltdown in the middle of a grocery store because they have gotten overwhelmed because of lights and sounds. Or understanding when someone is stimming to self-regulate. There is a lot to learn about autism from autistic individuals that you won’t find from doctors, psychologists, and books. Check out the hashtag #StimDancing on Instagram or TikTok and find some amazing autistic creators finding themselves through stim dancing.
4) Use identity-first language or ask.
Most autistics prefer identity-first language. I know that it has been ingrained by professionals that it should be person-first language. However, most autistics do not prefer this language. Our neurology is an important part of who we are. You can’t separate that from us. It’s how we interpret the world. When you are talking about autistics, please use identity-first language, unless the individual you are referring to has said they prefer person-first. Otherwise when in the community please be respectful.
5) Don’t speak over autistics.
If you aren’t autistic, you don’t know what it’s like to be autistic. It doesn’t matter who you know has it or what education you’ve had. It’s important to listen to autistic voices, thoughts and experiences when it comes to anything that pertains to autism. We tend to be experts on our own bodies and minds. This includes topics like ABA therapy, Autism Speaks, hiring #ActuallyAutistic actors, identity-first language, and many more. Nothing about us without us.
6) Don’t use the puzzle piece sign.
The puzzle piece is problematic as it suggests that autistics are a mystery or a puzzle to be solved. The puzzle piece has also been widely used by Autism Speaks. Consider the rainbow infinity sign instead. Not all autistics are the same and the rainbow infinity symbol represents that neurodiversity in our community. The infinity sign is a positive symbol within the community.
7) Use #RedInstead instead of “Light It Up Blue.”
“Light It Up Blue” is a campaign that started by Autism Speaks in 2010. Blue was the chosen color of the time because they believed that boys were more likely to be diagnosed than girls. This harmful stereotype has prevented many girls as well as adult women from being properly diagnosed as autistic. #RedInstead is a movement to help bring acceptance, understanding, and support to autism and raise awareness against Autism Speaks. It also helps support autistic advocates, creators, and individuals.
It can be hard to unlearn what society has taught us about supporting autistics, but the main point is to listen to the autistic community. We are here and it’s important that our voices are heard.
In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Autism Speaks is sharing 12 steps to help young adults and adults with autism find employment. Below is adapted from Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit, a guide to help people with autism research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum.
You can find more action steps in each section of the Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit, but use this list as a summary to jump-start your job search process.
- Register on TheSpectrumCareers. This is a free website designed by and for job seekers with autism to connect with businesses that are looking to hire individuals on the spectrum. As of September 19, 2017, there are more than 200 companies from around the country who are posting open positions. Only answer a few questions about yourself, and you can begin searching for jobs right away!
You can watch this video asAn Introduction for Job Seekersto see how the site works.
- Create a list of your strengths – write down your skills, what you do best and what you enjoy doing.
- Write a list describing what you see yourself doing in the future. Feel free to list your dream job, but also write down other jobs that you would be willing to do and ones that you may be interested in trying. Make note of which ones match up with your strengths.
- Write down the names of businesses that are accessible to you via public transportation, walking distance, etc.
- Speak with a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor about the supports that you can get – that may include help with writing a resume, job development and job coaching.
- Make a list of all of your contacts who could help you get a job. Your personal “network” is an important place to start – your family, friends, neighbors and other people who know you well.
- Consider joining social networking and job search websites to help you expand your contact list – check out LinkedIn, Facebook, CareerBuilder and others.
- Create/Update your resume. Make sure you include your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Then list your education and training experiences. And then list your work history and experience. Make sure you include any non-paid work experiences too, such as internships and volunteer activities.
There are tools on TheSpectrumCareers that will help you create a resume if you do not have one. Even better, we have tools that enable you to create a video resume – this allows you to show employers what you are capable of and who you really are!
- Write a cover letter. This will be used to introduce yourself to the people you hope will hire you. It should be concise – simply identify who you are and why you are applying for the job. It also should invite the employer to contact you for an interview. Make sure to include a copy of your resume with your cover letter.
- Fill out several job applications! This is often how the employment process begins, and it may be the first impression an employer has of you. You can do this very easily on TheSpectrumCareers. Or you can go to the actual job site to ask for an application – if so, make sure you wear clothes that are clean and ironed. Be polite and bring a pen and a copy of your resume with you.
- Practice your interviewing skills. Have a friend or support person ask you practice questions. Try to make this as realistic as possible (practice introducing yourself, shaking hands, making appropriate eye contact, and sit down across a desk from each other, etc.). Make sure you arrive at the interview location early (say, 15 minutes before the appointment). And remember to focus on your abilities, not your disabilities – tell them about your strengths, not your weaknesses!
- Consider taping your interviews so you can listen or watch later and learn from what you did well or where you might need improvement.
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