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In the next five years, hundreds of thousands of children with autism spectrum disorder will reach adulthood. And while diagnosis and treatment for children has improved dramatically in recent years, no one is answering the question that plagues so many parents: What happens to my child when I am no longer able to care for or assist him? In this ground-breaking book, autism expert Chantal Sicile-Kira and her son Jeremy take on the challenge of planning for the full lifespan. Working together and drawing on the insights of others facing the same challenges, they offer real solutions to a host of difficult questions, including how young adults across the autism spectrum can: *negotiate adult life in this new economy where adult service resources are scarce *cope with the difficulties of living apart from the nuclear family *create and maintain a support network, including friends, support staff, and therapists *find and keep a job that provides meaning, stability and an income *discover the joys of fulfilling relationships
Chantal Sicile-Kira is an award-winning author, columnist, and speaker on autism. The author of four other books and founder of AutismCollege.com, Sicile-Kira writes for The Huffington Post and blogs for Psychology Today. Her story has been covered by a wide variety of media, including NPR, PBS, MTV, the Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, and Fox News. Jeremy Sicile-Kira was diagnosed as severely autistic when he was born in 1989. In 2010, he gave a commencement speech at his high school graduation. Jeremy was featured in Newsweek, and in 2007 Jeremy was on MTV's True Life in the episode "I Have Autism," which won a Voice Award.
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Praise for Autism Life Skills: "Chantal Sicile-Kira has done a beautiful job of putting the voices of many people on the spectrum into one book." - Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Thinking in Pictures