Young adults with autism lag in school, work

Young adults with autism are less likely to go to college or hold down a job than their peers with other types of disabilities, a new U.S. study finds, Reuters reports. Researchers found that more than one-third of young adults with an autism spectrum disorder had not gotten a job or gone into higher education since high school. And that number was much higher compared with young adults with learning disabilities or other impairments. It’s estimated that about one in 88 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. That’s up 78 percent from a decade ago — which health officials attribute to better diagnosis, as well as broader definitions of what constitutes an ASD. ASDs are a group of developmental brain disorders that hinder a person’s ability to communicate and interact socially — ranging from the severe cases of “classic” autism to the relatively mild form called Asperger’s syndrome. But while rates of ASD diagnoses are shooting up, researchers have not known all that much about how kids with the disorders fare after high school…

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