WE HAVE MADE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS in diagnosing, supporting, and educating children and teens with autism, but we are falling behind when it comes to addressing the challenges faced by the rapidly growing number of older Americans with autism.

The relative newness of the autism diagnosis – first identified in the 1940s but not regularly diagnosed until the 1970s – has meant that too little research has been done on the health, psychological, and social implications of growing older with autism. We need to dramatically step up research to understand how the 6-year-old or 16-year-old with autism may change when he or she becomes the 66-year-old, 76-year-old, or older.

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