I'm a parent of an autistic adult. My son, Nathaniel, was diagnosed around 3 years of age (he's now in his 30's), but as I look over some family movies (see March 30, 2011 post) I can see that he displayed many of the 10 signs of autism well before then.

His mother and I had only one thing in mind. What do we do?? In the early 80's there was little we could find about autism (no internet - what a lifesaver now!). We had his immediate needs to worry about. Was there a cure? Did he require medication? Childhood education had not yet come to mind. But with time, we needed to find out what resources were available around us.

Planning usually comes late for parents with autistic kids. We (well his mother and I) worried about his immediate needs and not the future. When Nathaniel reached 18, life as an adult posed many questions.

I hope that this can be a place where parents with autistic adults and children can communicate with those of us who have dealt with autistic adults. Yes, there are books and magazine articles about what to expect, and legal advice, but I have yet to find a place where experienced parents can share these experiences, give advice, and help parents of young children cope with the future of their child.

Dec 14, 2010

Nathaniel has made it and Shelley has survived her trip to Baltimore to get Nathaniel. I told Shelley that there is nothing to do at this airport, but she only went with two books and a blanket. She expected 10 hours there while she waited, but as it turned out, the weather made the wait even longer. Nathaniel ended up waiting with her the last 4 hours (she should have taken the DVD player). So the trip began at 4:30 am Sunday, and the return was at 10:30. They got home at 1:30 am. However, Nathaniel still wanted his usual snack of cheese-crackers. Merry Christmas everyone.