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Old 06-23-2009, 05:12 PM
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My son in 18. Legally, he can stay in school till he is 21.

But when then?

Can anyone tell me what their autistic adult child does all day?
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:07 PM
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At 16 in 1998 I left school and went on benefits.

In 1999 and 2000, I dropped out of two colleges.

I'm now 27 and go out with a befriender twice a week. I have no job, no hardly anything. And I am not happy. The services are slower then a snail, avoid diagnosing people, its bad for them.

Plus I am a Brit and the above is a waste of reading if your an American.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:26 AM
Location: Dunwoody,GA
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I knew an autistic adult who worked in the "back of shop" at a photo developing place. He seemed to love the routine nature of the job and was very meticulous. They did not ask him to deal with customers, so the job seemed relatively low-stress and predictable.

I would imagine that a job with a predictable routine would be a good fit for most higher-functioning autistic adults.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:40 AM
Location: Frisco, TX
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My sister is an adult and moderately autistic (she's 38).

She works for Sears about 3 times a week, roughly 3 - 4 hours a shift. I believe she works in the linens (sorry, I'm not sure what the official term is), where the sheets/towels/curtains are. She straightens up the sheets/towels during her shift. From what I understand, she's a very good employee - does what she's asked to do. I'm not sure how her interaction is with customers, but her coworkers seem to like her.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:38 AM
Location: LEAVING CD
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A lot depends on the degree of autisim. High functioning can do quite well and there's SSI for income help (apply now), we just applied for our son while he goes through college.
How did he do in high school? Where is he on the ASD scale? Has he been tested for vocational rehab? Has he taken any vocational tests? That's where I'd start. Also make sure you have him sign a form giving you permission to talk to the college and monitor him. Even though he has a disability unless he lets you they won't talk to you.
By the way, legally he can stay in school until he's 70 if he chooses, there are many professional students out there.
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Old 04-02-2010, 02:26 AM
Location: Asia
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Default Employment for HS-graduate-autistic-girls

Please direct me to the nearest place in San Francisco area that offer employment for high functioning autistic girls?
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