Navigating the Adult World with Autism
December 4, 2015
Paul Shattuck, PhD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health and director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute's Life Course Outcomes Research Program, is quoted in a National Journal story about adults on the autism spectrum. The article discusses an A.J. Drexel Autism Institute report that Shattuck and colleagues released last year which showed that just 19 percent of young adults with autism have lived independently from their parents, compared with 80 percent of young people with learning disabilities. The report also found that more than one-third of adults in their early 20s with autism were “disconnected,” meaning they were not continuing education or holding a job after high school. “Young people in the autism category, generally they are worse than their peers who have other kinds of disabilities in terms of employment and a range of other outcomes,” said Shattuck.