The Drexel University in the US conducted a study to see how autistic adults compare with other adults of their age in various aspects of daily life, and the statistics were alarming.
Number of Respondents
- The total number of respondents: 4187
- 97.6% of the respondents lied between the age of 18 to 64 years
- Approximately 97% of the respondents had valid responses in the survey
- 84.1% of the respondents were no longer in school
About Developmental Disability (DD) Services
The US offers development disability services to those who require it. The statistics are as follows:
- The most common services that the respondents received were:
- Dental Care, and
- Health Care
- Approximately 54% of the people had information about the benefits and insurance, and
- 49% of the respondents received services to improve their social skills that would aid their social relationships.
- 25% of the respondents stated that they did not receive all of the services that they required.
- Out of all of the respondents, only 14% of them hold a paying job in the community,
- 54% of the respondents hold a non-paying job in the community, and
- 27% of the respondents had no form of job what so ever at the time of the survey.
Amount of Independence
The survey also states that:
- “Over half (53%) of adults in the ACS with ASD had a limited or full legal (court-appointed) guardian.
- Almost three quarters (74%) of adults with ASD could be alone with guests or visitors in their home.”
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Want to read more on this topic?
- NATIONAL AUTISM INDICATORS REPORT: DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY SERVICES AND OUTCOMES IN ADULTHOOD
- Adults with autism face gaps in jobs, services
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