Overcoming the Struggle for Independence - Together
Wall Township, New Jersey (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
The huge population of Autistic children now becoming adults has been dubbed the "Autism Tsunami". This wave of maturing Autistic children presents new challenges as the need for effective Work Skills Programs and Employment opportunities is critical. As these children reach adulthood, most State and Federal programs cease to exist, and private programs are scarce and expensive. Many families will not be able to financially support their Autistic children throughout their adult years, and many face financial and emotional issues.
Linda Schrader is the mother of a 20 year old Autistic son and is the founder of the Schrader Autism Foundation. "Autism is the fastest growing epidemic in the world, outpacing cancer and any other health and lifestyle afflictions known today." noted Schrader. The statistics are staggering: 1 in every 88 children born today is diagnosed with Autism and 1 of 54 males is on the Autism Spectrum. "I have been through so much raising my son and am now faced with answering the same question as millions of other ASD parents: What's next?" added Schrader. Our current education system does not prepare autistic children for mainstream employment opportunities and few large corporations offer work programs for Special Needs adults. Unless this changes, the future for the many families affected by autism is heart wrenching.
"It is our mission to provide financial and educational assistance to families with children having Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We are focused on developing Learning Tools and Work/Life Skills Programs that are applicable to mainstream workplace opportunities in preparation for our ASD Children to be able to lead independent lives," Schrader stated.
Though the future economic impact of the Autism Tsunami is yet to be determined, without the Schrader Autism Foundation's focus on Workplace Education Programs and enabling ASD Adults to achieve independence, the financial strain on our economy as well as the ASD families will continue to worsen. For more information about how you or your company can contribute to the SAF Mission, please visit The Schrader Autism Foundation.