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Strategies for Research, Practice, and Policy for Autism in Later Life: A Report from a Think Tank on Aging and Autism

Authors
  • Edelson, Stephen M.1
  • Nicholas, David B.2
  • Stoddart, Kevin P.3
  • Bauman, Margaret B.4
  • Mawlam, Laurie5
  • Lawson, Wenn B.6, 7
  • Jose, Caroline8
  • Morris, Rae9
  • Wright, Scott D.10
  • 1 Autism Research Institute,
  • 2 University of Calgary,
  • 3 The Redpath Centre and University of Toronto,
  • 4 Boston University School of Medicine,
  • 5 Autism Canada,
  • 6 Macquarie University,
  • 7 Birmingham University,
  • 8 University of Moncton,
  • 9 University of British Columbia,
  • 10 University of Utah,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
May 02, 2020
Pages
1–9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-020-04514-3
PMID: 32361792
PMCID: PMC7195819
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
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Abstract

Over the past decade, there has been a growing interest in adults on the autistic spectrum, and more recently, the challenges related to aging in this population. A two-day Think Tank meeting, focused on aging in autism, was convened amongst international leaders in the field of autism research and practice. This meeting included a series of presentations addressing the current status of aging research, followed by discussions regarding priorities going forward. Attendees shared their thoughts and concerns regarding community services, government policies, societal perspectives and physical and mental health. The goal of these discussions was to consider systematic approaches aimed at providing meaningful supports that can ensure a quality of life for seniors on the autism spectrum.

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