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Adults With Autism – Living Arrangements

The first time I visited my friend’s home, I felt something odd. Her eldest brother was still living with their parents and was working as a part timer in some company. It was a case of Adults With Autism. He is such a handsome man, but still could not live independently and occasionally needed his mother’s comfort to have a good night sleep. Adults with autism – high or low, both need the care of family and proper education as children to take care of themselves which, in their adulthood helps them live independently.

Living Arrangements For Autistic Adults:
Finding employment and a training program for them should be based on their interest. There have been successful stories of many autistic people living independently and are able to work in mainstream jobs. A caring family environment, encouraging school, and learning skills for a job under a supervisor who has the knowledge and experience to work with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) people can be very helpful. Training and working under skilled managers who are accustomed to work with autistic people can actually change the way of living and instill confidence.

1. Living With Family:
If an autistic person chooses to live with his or her family, the government provides financial assistance to them. Various programs have been designed to help the families shoulder the responsibility of a family member who has one of the autistic spectrum disorders.

2. Living Independently:
Many people with ASD are able to live independently, manage their finances, and even have their own families and a good social life.

3. Living Semi-Independently:
In many cases though an individual with autism is able to live independently, he or she may need help and assistance from family, friends, or care giver from time to time. Managing finances, dealing with banks, government offices, etc may prove difficult for them.

4. Living In Supporting Homes:
Some supportive people offer to take care of individuals with ASD who are not related to them in any way. These supporting homes assist and teach the autistic individuals some basic skills like self care etc. These skills are very useful in doing many things without any support or help from others.

5. Living In Foster Homes:
There are also cases where the families are unable to take good care of the person with ASD and they are taken in by a foster home. Foster homes are the certified care givers funded by the state government.

These are some of the living arrangements for adults with autism. Importance of self care, confidence, motivation, and a healthy and encouraging environment at home and school can actually prepare a child and as an adult he or she could be able to live a happy and independent life.

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