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As children with autism grow into adults, what can parents do?

New Jersey has the highest degree of autism in the nation: 1 in 34 children is in the autism disorder spectrum. While the garden state has many programs designed to meet the needs of autistic children, when they enter adulthood, it becomes more difficult. Hundreds of parents will attend a special transition conference in Woodbridge on Monday to hear from specialists on navigating the sometimes confusing and insecure network of autistic adult services. "This conference provides them with practical information. It gives them the next step and it also gives them a more concrete sense of what the future holds and what the realistic opportunities may be," said Suzanne Buchanan, CEO, Autism New Jersey, the organization sponsor the conference. The event has 1 2 workshops and 50 exhibitions that include legal, instructional and service issues, including access to adult health care, appealing insurance denial, disability planning, residential housing, self-regulation and problem solving. "We give them a piece of a road map for the journey ahead when it may seem very uncertain at times, "she said. The latest NJ News on the NJ 101.5 app for iOS " We have speakers from the State Department of Developmental Disabilities, we have clinics we have lawyers, we have trainers . " Buchanan said that many adults with autism" find it difficult to find suitable employment opportunities that are a match for their interest and abilities. Some of them need more monitoring and treatment services during the day. " She pointed out when parents…

New Jersey has the highest degree of autism in the nation: 1 in 34 children is in the autism disorder spectrum.

While the garden state has many programs designed to meet the needs of autistic children, when they enter adulthood, it becomes more difficult.

Hundreds of parents will attend a special transition conference in Woodbridge on Monday to hear from specialists on navigating the sometimes confusing and insecure network of autistic adult services.

“This conference provides them with practical information. It gives them the next step and it also gives them a more concrete sense of what the future holds and what the realistic opportunities may be,” said Suzanne Buchanan, CEO, Autism New Jersey, the organization sponsor the conference.

The event has 1

2 workshops and 50 exhibitions that include legal, instructional and service issues, including access to adult health care, appealing insurance denial, disability planning, residential housing, self-regulation and problem solving.

“We give them a piece of a road map for the journey ahead when it may seem very uncertain at times, “she said.

The latest NJ News on the NJ 101.5 app for iOS

” We have speakers from the State Department of Developmental Disabilities, we have clinics we have lawyers, we have trainers . “

Buchanan said that many adults with autism” find it difficult to find suitable employment opportunities that are a match for their interest and abilities. Some of them need more monitoring and treatment services during the day. “

She pointed out when parents age, an autistic adult may need housing, and it may be extremely difficult to find one that provides appropriate support services.

” We simply do not have enough programs available to meet the needs of adults with autism over the spectrum. We talk to parents every day struggling to find suitable services. “

Buchanan said when more individuals are diagnosed with the conditions of the autistic spectrum, this type of information is demanding.

She pointed out that parents were unable to attend this conference, which was closed a few weeks ago, because the registration reached capacity , they can reach out to Autism New Jersey with specific questions and sign up for the organization’s main conference, which will take place in October

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