How We Can Change the Outlook of the Autism Community – Helen Koon

According to the CDC, in 2014 the prevalence of ASD in the United States was 1-in-68, up from 1-in-166 in 2004—the year my 6 year-old-son was diagnosed with ASD. Some ASD adults enter college, some go through vocational training (these often have long waiting lists), but many are not able to get a job or hold a job for a variety of reasons. As a result, many ASD adults would be stuck at home after high school without a supportive network. Lacking purposeful engagement or occupation, they could easily regress and lose their ability to function in the broader community. This talk will raise awareness of the growing number of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) population in the United States, as well as point to the strengths and challenges of these ASD adults and recommend practical ways for Christians to love them and offer support in both vocational and avocational settings.

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