Adulthood

Adults on the spectrum share their stories.


  • Thirty-one Years to a Diagnosis Parents and grandparents alike love to talk about their children, about how smart they are, how early they spoke their first word, how young they were when they took their first steps, and so forth. It’s a parent’s job to notice any unusual behavior about their children, and if there is something out of the …
  • Autism and Dying: One Adult’s Perspective by Scott, 46, Tennessee My mom has been dead for about a month now.  She had been fighting a yearlong battle with cancer.   My brother, sister-in-law and I had been in mom’s room at the nursing home since the morning of the last day she lived.  My brother and I decided to drop mom’s cat off …
  • Facing Autism: Strengthening the Muncie Community through Stories Do you remember the moment when the word autism first impacted your family? The thoughts and feelings about what the future would hold rushed through you. What if those moments could be recaptured as a way to educate the broader community? That’s happening in Muncie, Indiana, through The Facing Project. Founded by J.R. Jamison and Kelsey …
  • Living With Autism and Turner’s Syndrome Having Turner’s Syndrome and Asperger’s Syndrome can be difficult at some points, but I wouldn’t change anything about who I am. My name is Cassidy and I have Asperger’s Syndrome and Turner’s Syndrome. I’m 19 years old and live in a small town in Mississippi. When I was born, the doctors noticed some physical characteristics …
  • The Road to Self-Sufficiency A Guide to Entrepreneurship for Youth with Disabilities was developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability. The Guide is designed to serve as a resource for organizations working with youth on career exploration and employment options, and policymakers who support youth programs. The Guide shows how entrepreneurship education can be implemented in programs …
  • Asperger’s and Employment Travis talks about his experiences with jobs.
  • An Interview with Kiper talks about his life as he prepares to finish high school and figures out what to do afterward.
  • The Need to Achieve: My College Experience My life changed in 2007 when I was diagnosed officially with Asperger’s.
  • A Letter from Riley If you have a son or daughter with autism, there’s no need to be afraid.
  • Where to Live in Adulthood while on the Autism Spectrum As a spectrumite (person on the autism spectrum) approaches graduation of high school, one of the most important decisions he/she will decide is, “Where will I live after high school?”