Advocacy for the Adult Aspie

Louise’s statement, “We won’t stay children forever, nor do our children remain babies forever?” speaks to the heart of the ASPIE Girls documentary series. Aspies are considered high functioning on the autism spectrum, but that doesn’t mean that they can lead independent lives. The nature of their executive functioning varies and is inconsistent.

I’ve read hopeful stories of successful lives of Aspies. The outstanding element in the stories is the socio-economic standing of these individuals. Wonderful programs exist at a high-ticket price; wealthier families can create a life long situation tailored to their family member who is autistic. The vast majority of autistic adults aren’t as fortunate. Parents worry over what will happen to their adult child when they are no longer around to provide care. The public programs are limited and not particularly resourceful.

Strong consistent advocacy is needed to tend to the growing number of autistic adults. The life expectancy in the United States is 77 years old, which means that people are adults much longer that they are children. We must plan affordable communities for Aspies to live and contribute to society.