Welcome to my little bit of R J Scott’s Autism Awareness blog hop. Clicking that link will take you to her master post with a full list of all particpants, of which there are loads, all offering prizes.
I’m offering a prize too – a $10 Amazon gift certificate – to a commenter to this post so please don’t forget to leave a means by which I can get in touch.
Now – down to business, this is my autism fact: Autism doesn’t just affect children. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism.
As understanding grows and health services put more resources in place, opportunities will be better, but at the moment resources are concentrated on the children. My son has recently transferred to day care unit for adults from a unit that cared for children. While working with the kids he helped to set up a system that provided IT resources for those of the kids who were happier interacting via email and IM. Each child who wished to use one was provided with a small tablet and some of them loved them. When my son moved to the adult unit he was shocked to find a previous patient, now 18, very subdued and withdrawn. When the boy had moved to the adult unit he was no longer entitled to use the tablet and had been deprived of it. Obviously this is not acceptable. With some prompting the local authority has agreed to invest in expanding the IT programme to help adults as well but this is by no means a country wide effort.
Comment to this post and I’ll make a donation to the charity on your behalf. If that isn’t incentive enough I’ll pick a commenter name out of the hat and set them an Amazon gift card. Don’t forget to visit RJ Scott’s blog to visit the rest of the participants.