Autism and Adulthood
“I don’t know about you and your journey raising your typical middle school aged pre-teen, but adding autism to the mix with sensory challenges, ADHD, MID and anxiety and some new challenges that have recently popped up in our radar; Such lovelies as puberty, girlfriends and high school to name a few. We take each day one at a time and day by day because as his advocates in life this soon will pass and then adulthood hits.
Wherever you are in your journey of raising your special needs child, know that you need to make sure there is a road map to adulthood, so that there are no unanswered questions. I spoke to a longtime friend of mine this afternoon whose adult son is also autistic. There were community resources that we both did not know were available to our kids and discovered that there is actually a road map that is provided (or at least should be) from your local DSHS and local school district. Depending on what state or county you live in you can find out by googling “DVR”. Not the cartridge you put in your VCR silly:-), but the one that is called Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for your adult son or daughter. We are so thankful that our dear friend shared this with us today, now we have one more road map and advocacy trail to follow so that there are not more questions than answers when we get there. “
The Journey Continues….