As an autistic child approaches adulthood his parents are almost certain to experience anxiety and apprehension over the inevitable upcoming events in an adolescent’s life: the child’s reaching legal adulthood, the real or feared physical decline of the parents, and the eventual death of the parents. When the child becomes legally emancipated, either at 18 or 21, the parents will no longer be the child’s natural guardian and the child will become an independent adult.
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