Young Adults with Autism
Interview: Nicholas Villani, founder
Career and Employment Options, Long Island, NY
In 2009, a report found that about 80% of the 1.5 million people diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the U.S. were under the age of 22. (That work was done by a consortium called 'Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism.')
So although it is not surprising that most autism research is centered on a younger age group, each year more young adults with autism step out into the grownup world with little support.
Sound Medicine contributor Shia Levitt looks at challenges these young adults face as they transition to adulthood. Among others, Shia speaks with a Long Island teen diagnosed with Asperger's. With the help of job coach Nicholas Villani, he and other teens have found jobs after high school.