Autism through the Lifespan
In our mainstream culture, autism is often thought of as a childhood condition. This is because until very recently, public attention has been focused primarily on children and the importance of early detection and intervention. However, autism is a lifelong condition, and the available, necessary supports and treatments change as people on the spectrum move through major life phases. With the rising diagnostic rate of 1 in 110, and estimates that this trend will continue, it is important that we anticipate the pressing need for supports and programs for people on the spectrum across the lifespan, including infants and toddlers, school-aged children, adults and aging people on the spectrum. Like nondisabled individuals , people with autism move through significant life changes. Their quality of life depends not only upon the foundation that is provided in childhood, but also on ongoing supports that are specific to the educational, medical, social, recreational, family and employment needs of the individual.
Resource : http://www.autism-society.org/living-with-autism/lifespan/