How do autistic children survive as adults?

August 17, 2009
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How do autistic children survive as adults?

Families complain there is not enough support and a postcode lottery syndrome for sufferers of autistic-spectrum disorder….

Peter Griffin is 29, he has an IQ of 159, a degree in astrophysics, and a gallows humour about his Asperger’s syndrome, an autistic-spectrum disorder that makes social interaction so difficult that his longest — indeed his only — stretch of paid work has been a Saturday job in Tesco, which he has had since he was 16. He is so wired after his shift that he is awake until 4am and it takes him the rest of the week to recover: “At the end of a day trying to be ‘normal’, acting the part, wearing the mask and reining myself in, I’m like a pressure cooker.”

I wonder what would have happened if I’d not HAD to leave the house and go out on my own. Perhaps for most folks it just leads to more anxiety, and certainly didn’t generate any confidence, but it did generate capacity, and less of a worrying about the future. It would be great to start running workshops for ASD adults with the hope of designing spaces that would help them engage in a comfortable manner. Or better yet, force everyone else to do the reverse? Hee hee

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