STATE OF THE SPECTRUM: Making The Case
It’s being called a looming crisis, a coming “autism tsunami” of need.
Autism affects thousands of adults in Connecticut and thousands more children approaching adulthood. And with one child out of every 110 being diagnosed, the number of adults with autism is predicted to grow dramatically.
Experts say those adults can thrive and have productive lives with the right supports. But with money in short supply, many people are asking, “How will these needs be met?”
“State of the Spectrum” contains reports by journalism students at the University of Connecticut about this coming crisis and the people across the state trying to find solutions. The site contains articles, multi-media stories and resources about:
• Government: How are political leaders and state agencies responding to the growing needs?
• Employment: Companies train and hire people on the spectrum, but more opportunities are needed.
• Housing: Some advocates dislike group homes and are acting on their dream of creating better options.
• Technology: iPads and other new devices open paths to learning and communication.
• Awareness: A new film, “Wretches and Jabberers,” sends a powerful message about disability.
• Life Skills: One state program is making a difference but it’s just a small step.