About 33% of autistic patients have no job or schooling after seven years of education; Research

Autism

Researchers have found that almost 33% of autistic adults have no paid job experience or schooling even, approximately, seven years after graduation.

This research has been published online in the May 14 issue of the journal Pediatrics.

[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /]Researchers worked on the data taken from 2007-2008, from a national study of kids getting special education services, prepared for the U.S. Department of Education. They worked on almost 2000 young adults.

They have found that within two years of leaving high school more than 50% of autistic patients had no paid job experience. Moreover, many of them are even lacking college or technical education. After seven years of high school more than one third of autistic youngsters have nothing like job experience or schooling.

If we compare those figures to other disabilities than there are 26% mentally disabled young adults, 7% of young adults having speech or language problems and 3% of youngsters with learning disabilities, who have no such thing. According to experts, the percentage for the autistics is high as they also have some of these disturbances.

Researchers have pointed out that this could be an important issue to consider as nearly half a million autistic children would enter their adulthood in the next decade.

“There is this wave of young children who have been diagnosed with autism who are aging toward adulthood. We’re kind of setting ourselves up for a scary situation if we don’t think about that and how we’re going to help these folks and their families,” Paul Shattuck, lead author of the study, said.

Reference:

Paul T. Shattuck, PhD, Sarah Carter Narendorf, MSW, Benjamin Cooper, MPH, Paul R. Sterzing, MSSW, Mary Wagner, PhD, and Julie Lounds Taylor, PhD, (2012). Postsecondary Education and Employment Among Youth With an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Pediatrics, doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-2864

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