I spend a lot of time blogging about books. Tonight, I want to recommend a very different sort of book, Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adolescents and Adults: Evidence-Based and Promising Interventions, by Matt Tincani and Andy Bondy (eds).
I have spent the last 40 years developing community-based programs and services for adolescents and adults with autism. I have focused especially on the clinical and regulatory issues inherent in the transition between adolescent and adult services (I know some of you thought I was a mystery writer) so it is heartening to see a comprehensive discussion of these issues.
But that is not what I like best about the book, coming from Guilford Press in September. What I like best is chapter 13.
“Chapter 13, by Markowitz, deals with an aspect of life that many families are reluctant to face: aging and its associated issues of estate planning and funding. The growth in the number of individuals with ASD has had a great impact on the number of adults needing services and lifelong oversight. The author reviews several life-sustaining factors, including appropriate medical care, the role of parents and guardians as advocates, and the transition from work to retirement. Markowitz provides a careful review of residential alternatives and what factors may influence their selection. Finally, there is a review of issues related to funding for services and support.” (from the preface, p. xv, Tincani and Bondy, Guilford Press, 2014)
Make no mistake. I had nothing to do with chapter 13. As I said elsewhere, if I had written chapter 13, someone would have died. The Markowitz who authored chapter 13 is my talented wife, Carol.