Today, Autism is the most newsworthy disability, having a 1 in 68 diagnosis rate. It is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States and research shows that this number will continue to rise.
The increasing adult population with special needs is a global problem. The number of adults living with special needs is unimaginable. In every state, every county and every town, many of these adults are on a waiting list for services and support. The number of children that are given a diagnosis of a special need each year is truly unthinkable. Without programs to transition to adulthood, these children will eventually be placed on already long waiting lists and join the number of adults spending their days at home.
After high school, the ‘next step’ for adults with special needs only exists if they have the proper programs to transition to. Without these programs, that offer the necessary stimulation, therapy and skill training, there is no opportunity for a future of any kind. Government assistance for adults with special needs is earmarked for services. Services only exist if there are programs. Programs are only created when the parents and community members build them. Their future is in our hands.