Blog post: Adult Decisions

By Virginia Hughes
December 20, 2011
SFARI (Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative)

It’s hard to overstate how little we know about adults with autism. Their typical profile of symptoms, brain connectivity, response to drug and behavioral treatments, and even life expectancy are all unknown. Just two things are certain: Many adults with autism exist, and few are able to live independently.

With so many gaps in our knowledge of adults with autism, where should research begin?

A list of top priorities appears in the November issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The report summarizes a meeting of the Autism-in-Older-Adults Working Group, which met in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in March 2010.

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Aging enigma

SFARI (Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative)
By Deborah Rudacille

September 13, 2011

Nearly 70 years have passed since autism entered the scientific literature, and yet certain aspects of the disorder remain almost wholly unexplored. Even more than gender differences in autism, the effect of aging on individuals with the disorder is a blank slate.

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