Living Options for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Dr. Elizabeth Morgan


Deciding where to live can be a difficult decision for adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their caregivers. Individuals with ASD may live in the home of a family member, a private home owned or rented by the individual, or in a residential program for people with ASD and other disabilities. This article contains a review of research related to the different living arrangements available to adults with ASD. Descriptions from the research literature of the benefits and drawbacks of each arrangement are presented, as are suggestions for improving independence and quality of life for individuals with ASD in each situation.

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