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Young adults with autism face big challenges

Young adults with autism face big challenges

More than 3.5 million people in the United States are affected by autism spectrum disorder. After finishing high school, many of them don’t receive the resources they need to succeed in college or the workforce.

After graduating from high school, young adults with autism are far less likely than their peers to find paid employment, according to researchers.

“Not only was the employment rate low for young people with ASDs when compared with young adults with other disabilities, but pay for jobs – if they got them – was significantly lower compared to young adults with other types of disabilities,” said Anne M. Roux, senior research coordinator at the A.J. Drexel Autism...