Dear Lenore and Mary, Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your courageous decisions to share your sons’ stories with the world on Dateline NBC’s Special Report on Autism, On the Brink. For myself, as the parent of an adult son with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I remember those raw feelings of abandonment and desperation after he graduated from high school in 2005; the stark realization that my husband and I were alone in an uncharted world. No one tells you that the first 1-3 years after graduation can be grueling. My family scoured our community...Read More
Author: Kathy Porter
11 Insightful Tips for Parents of ASD Adults for Getting the Most Out of Vocational Service Providers
A lot of what’s in place to support young adults on the autism spectrum entering the work place kind of sucks. At least, that’s been my opinion in the ten years I’ve coached my son, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, through a maze of social service agencies in his search for full time, meaningful employment. When we started in 2005, I had no reason to expect anything but the very best from these agencies and what they had to offer. My son, then eighteen years old and a high school graduate, wanted a job rather than more time in...Read More
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