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Autism Public Health Lecture Series

Inaugural Autism Public Health Lecture

A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

March 21, 2013

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Paul Shattuck

Autism and the Transition to Adulthood: New Findings, New Questions

      Paul Shattuck, PhD

It is widely known that 1) increasing numbers of children are being identified as having autism, 2) children grow up to be adults, and 3) the majority of a typical lifespan is spent in adulthood.  However, adulthood is the phase of life we know by far the least about when it comes to autism spectrum disorders – a condition that likely affects several million adults and accounts for more than $35 billion in direct and indirect costs in the US annually.  Our evidence base is woefully thin with respect to understanding the service needs for the adult population with autism and the range of health and social outcomes they typically experience.  Autism may be impacting an increasingly large proportion of the adult population, yet most studies have been based on extremely small samples.  Dr. Shattuck shared findings from his research, which has emphasized national-level data, on youth as they age from adolescence to adulthood.  He explored indicators related to employment, education, services, and social participation and addresses the pressing question:  How does life turn out for individuals with autism after they leave high school?

Check back soon for the video of Dr. Shattuck's lecture.

For more information about the Autism Public Health Lecture Series, please email  AutismInstitute@drexel.edu