Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Note: The term Asperger Syndrome was previously used to diagnose individuals at the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum.
Autism and/or Asperger Disorder are considered complex neurodevelopment disorders that are characterized by problems with social reciprocity, communication difficulties, hyperfocused interests, hypersensitivities, and restrictive and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Although adults with this condition can function fairly well on a daily basis, they may be struggling with social interactions, and be perceived as somewhat odd or eccentric. It may be helpful to pursue formal testing to determine whether an individual may have an autism spectrum disorder, as well as obtain information about one’s personal cognitive challenges and strengths. This may also help guide requests to obtain reasonable accommodations for employment, as well as help individuals tap into services and assistance available within the community.