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Autism in the second half of the lifespan: Behavior, daily living, service needs  

Autism is a lifetime disorder, but surprisingly little is known about the effects it has on the individual's abilities, needs, and experiences as he or she reaches and continues through adulthood. Moreover, there is a real possibility that the detrimental effects typical of normal aging may be accelerated in individuals with autism. An understanding of cognitive and functional aging in adults with autism is vital in order to predict the long-term impact on individuals, their families, and on health support systems. In this study, researchers will characterize the support needs of ASD individuals in middle and later-age (30-70 years) by surveying subjects and their caregivers to determine individual level of independence, daily living skills, social skills, frequency of problem behaviors, and overall quality of life. Extensive information will be collected with regard to service usage and support needs, and direct testing will be used to determine cognitive and motor functions and current autism symptomology. Results from this project will help to determine the effects of aging on the individual with autism and, in turn, may help to predict future support needs for this population as they age and as they transition from family support to public support. Project Status
NEW

2009

Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $270,312.00
Project Number 1R21MH089645-01
Principal Investigator Carper, Ruth
Received ARRA Funding? Yes
Strategic Plan Question Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services? (Services)
Strategic Plan Objective 5O. Not specific to Question 5 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of California, San Diego
State/Country California
Web Link 1 Autism in the second half of the lifespan: Behavior, daily living, service needs (External web link)
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