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Autism after 21: Parents worry about who will care for children with autism after parents

Autism After 21: Parents Worry About Their Child’s Future As An Adult

Autism after 21: Parents worry about who will care for children with autism after parentsGeri Bohn knows her 12-year-old son Kaleb is never going to live on his own. He’s never going to drive a car, or go to college, or get married. Bohn’s even hesitant to say that Kaleb, who has autism and is on the low-functioning end of the spectrum, is at the same level as a 2-year-old child. He’s nonverbal, in diapers and experiences moments of aggression.

“He’ll be our baby forever,” Bohn said. But as Kaleb gets older, taller and bigger, it’s becoming more and more apparent that he’s physically not a baby.

“It’s just hitting true that he’s going to be a lot bigger kid and I don’t know how long I am going to be able to handle that,” Bohn said.

Families Face Indefinite Wait For Services

Autism: What We Know

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys nationwide, according to the CDC. Autism affects 1 in 41 children in New Jersey. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined.

Last year marked 10 years of progress since Autism Speaks first opened its doors in 2005. In 2016, we continue to strive to enhance autism services in every community and get the groundbreaking ABLE Act, now the law of the land, implemented in all 50 states.

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Zefer is Now Non-Profit!

The Zefer Foundation’s mission is to shift society’s perception of individuals classified as Intellectually and/or Developmentally Disabled. We will accomplish this by collaborating with individuals and agencies to create unprecedented opportunities for inclusion and diversity in all areas of the community with a strong focus on employment opportunities. The Zefer Foundation will provide the support and resources necessary and create an environment that ensures true inclusion is possible in all areas of the community for all of its citizens for the betterment of society, as a whole.

The Zefer Foundation’s non-profit status is now official!

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9 of 10 With Autism Can Work After Training

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When given the right supports and training, a new study suggests that nearly all young people with autism who qualify for supported employment can learn to excel on the job. Nine out of 10 transition-age youth with autism who participated in an intensive job training program were working part-time earning at least minimum wage three months after graduating high school. What’s more, 87 percent were still working after 12 months.

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Artist’s Stunning Photos Shatter Misconceptions About Disabilities

artists-stunning-photos-shatter-misconceptions-disabilitiesCeridwen Hughes, a photographer from North Wales, wants the world to view disabilities differently.
In an effort to change people’s perspectives, she created a photo project called “We Can…” that focuses on what people with disabilities can do, rather than what they cannot. “People make assumptions based on the way people look and act and do not always see the person behind the condition,” Hughes told The Huffington Post.

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Families Face Indefinite Wait For Services

Families Face Indefinite Wait For ServicesAbbey Etling lifts the sippy cup to her lips and drinks from it. It’s a small gesture, but one that is laden with meaning
for her mother, Sandy Etling. Being able to lift a cup, drink from it, and set it down without dropping it or spilling it—
it’s something that most adults do without a second thought dozens of times every day. But for Abbey, 22, who has
an intellectual disability and autism, it is a skill that took years to learn and master. She still struggles with putting
the cup down.

Oklahoma 44th State to Pass Autism Insurance Reform

Oklahoma 44th state to pass autism insurance reformOklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed HB 2962 ensuring meaningful autism insurance coverage in the state. The law will prevent state regulated health insurers from continuing to exclude basic, evidence-based care for children diagnosed with autism. The legislation was sponsored by Senator AJ Griffin and Representative Jason Nelson and received broad, bipartisan support. “I am extremely happy that Oklahoma families will have access to services for their children learning with an autism disorder.  Now we begin the work of building a network of outstanding providers for our state,” said Senator Griffin. Click here to read more.

Autistic People Are Not Failed Versions of “Normal”

They’re different, not less

normal-1When people with developmental disabilities have the support they need to thrive, everyone benefits. In a speech at the United Nations on April 1, Steve Silberman made the case that it’s past time we all learned to honor neurodiversity. An edited version of his text follows. We are living at a very exciting time — a time of great hope for autistic people and their families.
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