Thursday, January 24, 2013

Health Care for Adults with Autism

Recently there has been a lot of discussion surrounding a need for improvement of healthcare for adults with autism. According to news articles such as Many Adults With Autism UnhappyWith Their Health Care, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have presented findings that adults with autism are experiencing higher levels of unmet health needs than adults without autism.

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Fortunately their situation is not going unnoticed. Though we are all discouraged by these reports, there are solutions and resources ready to help.  Adults with autism report significant shortcomings in their health care, a press release issued by the Autism Society of America, recently addressed the same report. Autism Society of America brought to light a grant given to AASPIRE by the National Institute of Mental Health aimed at creative interactive toolkit to improve primary care services for adults on the autism spectrum. AASPIRE is calling for participants. The first step in progress is to get involved.
There are also some preventative measures to be considered if you are a caregiver thinking of your child’s future. The SpecialCare (sm)Program designed by the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) offers information, solutions and specialists to help you address many of the issues you face daily. MassMutual's team of financial professionals certified in SpecialCare can help you design a life plan that will assure the future financial security of your loved one with disabilities.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

~Easter Seals Florida

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