In the next decade about 500,000 individuals with autism will age into adulthood. Estimates claim that from there the number will increase – after all about 80% of individuals on the autism spectrum are younger than 21. What will become of all of these individuals?
Thankfully, many individuals with autism are high-functioning and live normal lives. However, some people estimate that about 66% of the adult autism population is unemployed. There is an argument to be made that many high-functioning individuals are able to “blend” into society and might not show up in the statistical data.
Either way, individuals on the spectrum, families, society, and employers are going to have to adapt to the ever-increasing amount of autistic adults entering the workforce. Hopefully, we can all rise up to the challenge.