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ERIC Number: EJ922005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
New Television Documentary Underscores Challenges Faced by Adults Living with Autism
Exceptional Parent, v41 n4 p28-29 Apr 2011
Over the next 10 to 15 years, an estimated 800,000 children with autism will age out of their school systems and look to state and federal governments for support services and resources to meet their many needs. "Autism: Coming of Age" provides an inside look at the lives of three adults with autism and their families. The film delves into the broad range of abilities a person diagnosed with autism may have, underscoring there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to supportive care in the future. "Autism: Coming of Age" highlights the hopes and dreams three young men have for their future and their parents' struggle and passion to help them achieve it: (1) Dan Ryan is learning how to be as independent as possible as an adult. While he has made great progress, banking and going food shopping, he still believes in the power of super heroes; (2) Doug Murray works in a Boston hotel doing light maintenance and vacuuming--a passion since childhood. Most days, Doug is up at 5:30am, takes two buses to work, and always arrives an hour early to say hello to all his friends. He continues to live at home but wants a family and home of his own, his father explains in the film; and (3) Tomas Espinosa, whose diagnosis places him on the autism spectrum with an intellectual disability, is also non-verbal. He lives in his own home with 24/7 care. He has a roommate, loves to roller skate, play baseball and spend time with his family.
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Language: English
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