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Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum: The Struggle for Appropriate Services.

J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 Jul 03;:

Authors: Anderson C, Butt C

In the United States, young adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) lose federally mandated supports upon leaving high school. To arrange adult services, families must prove their young adult’s eligibility and find competent service providers. National-level statistics regarding receipt of appropriate adult services are discouraging, but little is known about families’ lived experience with regard to services. Therefore, qualitative interviews focused on the search for and satisfaction with adult services were conducted with parents of young adults with ASD, then analyzed using the constant comparative method. Emergent themes included Bureaucracy and Fighting for Access, Staffing Issues, Program Suitability, and “Doing It Yourself.” The need to improve service access and delivery is discussed, as are issues facing specific ASD subgroups.

PMID: 29971660 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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