Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder, was first identified almost eighty years ago. As both the prevalence of the disorder and research into the disorder has increased over the last eight decades, unfortunately little information is still available into the needs of aging autistic adults. This informative and interactive workshop will provide participants with awareness and insights into the world of the needs of aging adults, ages 50+, with an Autism diagnosis. Information provided in this presentation will address the presence of older autistic adults in society, their changing and increasing healthcare needs and mental healthcare concerns, limitations to service access across healthcare fields, and general care and concerns of aging. Through a presentation on recent research in the area of autistic aging, limitations in current information and practices will be highlighted. Participants will learn to recognize the challenges facing aging autistic adults living in our society.
Molly Marus-Quinley, MSW, LCSWA
Neurodiversity Empowerment Services
This presenter is being supported through a partnership between UNC-CH, School of Social Work and the NCAHEC Program.