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Adulthood (19 years and beyond):

Time for Achievement and Responsibility.

Full adulthood begins around 19 years old and extends over several decades as individuals develop and consolidate their independence, life plans, and contributions to society. People with autism face unique challenges in areas such as employment, relationships, and independent living as they transition to adulthood. However, with appropriate support and a positive approach, individuals within the autism spectrum can thrive and lead fulfilling lives beyond the age of 19. 

While the transition to adulthood presents challenges, it also opens new doors for individuals with autism to explore their talents, connect with others, and find their purpose. Far from being a story of limitations, adulthood offers opportunities for growth. 

People with autism may struggle with navigating the job search process, interviews, and social dynamics in the workplace. Their strengths, such as attention to detail and focus on repetitive tasks, are often underutilized. However, in an inclusive work environment, adults with autism have much to offer with their systematic thinking, dedication, and specialized skills. Identifying these strengths and finding a compatible career allows them to fulfill their potential. Many companies actively seek to diversify their workforce by hiring adults with autism. 

Relationships with others can be challenging but not impossible. With patience, open communication, and an open mind, friendships can be cultivated. Romantic relationships also become possible, enriching the human experience of autism. 

Independence, with the right personalized support, allows individuals with autism to live on their own and manage daily responsibilities. Technology, therapies, and trained support workers enable the creation of an accessible home. 

Adulthood with autism has its challenges but approaching it with a positive mindset and a focus on possibilities makes a significant difference. Each person with autism has a lot to offer; they just need opportunities to shine. 

Here, we provide a community that wants to share experiences, information, data, etc., to make this stage more rewarding and successful for everyone.

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ARTICLES

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Lisa Morgan

The Power of Being Accepted

I got a homemade gift the other day. It’s absolutely incredible in so many ways. The gift itself is beautiful, the person who made it even more so. There are many layers of meaning within the gift; I’m still processing it days later. 

I want to share one meaning because it shows the power of acceptance. 

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Autistic Mind
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Exploring the Autistic Mind: Myths vs. Realities

The autistic mind is often surrounded by myths and misconceptions. Understanding the realities of Autism Spectrum (ASD) is crucial for promoting acceptance and support. This post aims to dispel common myths and shed light on the truths about autism. 

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OVERWHELMED PARENTS
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Overwhelmed Parents

As a parent, receiving a diagnosis of autism for your child can be overwhelming and confusing. It is natural to feel a range of emotions, including fear, sadness, and uncertainty. However, it is important to remember that you are not alone and that there is professional help available to support you and your child. 

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Sensory Integration
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Sensory Integration

Sensory integration is a process that allows us to receive, process, and use the information we receive through our senses. In the case of autism, this process can be affected and have a significant impact on the daily lives of those who experience it.

Sensory integration in autism refers to how individuals with this condition process and use sensory information they receive. This can include how they perceive sounds, light, touch, and other sensory stimuli.

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Inclusion is not a trend, nor a privilege, it's a right
Ileana Hieber Hernández

Inclusion is not a trend, nor a privilege, it’s a right

My wish as a person with a disability is that people with disabilities stop struggling one day regarding issues related to educational and employment inclusion and start worrying about our next trip, having fun with our friends, planning our wedding, visiting the salon, or buying our own apartment with inclusion being an already solved and outdated issue.

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Divershines

Understanding Neurodiversity: Can animals be autistic?

This question opens a fascinating chapter in exploring neurodiversity beyond the human experience, extending into the animal kingdom. This article seeks to delve into the parallels between certain behaviors in some animals and what we recognize as the autistic spectrum (ASD) in humans.

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