As awareness and knowledge increase, parents, families and people with ASDs are demanding better services, education, evidence-based treatments, accommodations, vocational opportunities, recreational/social programs and living supports. The assistance an individual gets should be dependent on their needs and recognizing that these change throughout their life is paramount to truly aiding each and every one.
Depending on factors such as age, treatment and educational opportunity, many of the symptoms of ASD can improve over time. With appropriate intervention, many children and adults can be assisted to reach optimal health resulting in meaningful outcomes.
Autism affects us all differently. For many, it may well continue into their senior years. Understanding these needs as we enter each stage of life is crucial.