The relationship between existing residential services and the needs of autistic adults
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- Van Bourgondien, M.E. & Elgar, S. J Autism Dev Disord (1990) 20: 299. doi:10.1007/BF02206543
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Existing residential services for adults with autism vary in size, location, and source of funding. Most service options have been designed for individuals with handicaps other than autism and therefore have difficulty addressing the needs of all but the highest functioning autistic adults. This paper provides a review of the characteristics of autism that affect adaptation to residential settings. A description of existing residential options based on the combined experiences of Great Britain and North Carolina is presented, and directions for future research are then discussed.