(ST. LOUIS) -- New research has revealed that almost 40 percent of young adults who have autism spectrum disorders (ASD) get no medical or mental health services as they transition into adulthood.
The study, published in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, showed differences along racial and socioeconomic lines as well. African-American and poor youth (in families with household income less than $25,000) were less likely to receive services than white or middle-class youth.
"Young people with an ASD and their families are pushed off a cliff when students leave high school, where special education provides many needed services," said study author and assistant professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis, Paul Shattuck. He added that loss of these supportive services usually means reduced opportunities for autistic adults to be "productively engaged" in their communities.
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