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The Invisible End of the Spectrum: Older Autistic Adults

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Autism, Older Adults, Aging, Parenting

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Presentation
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch and Q&A

When people hear the word “autism,” they often think of children and teens. Older adults on the spectrum are a very real, but little-understood, group. In this workshop, we will review what we know about this population, including recent findings from an international study of 150 people.

Topics include:

  • Reasons for late diagnosis
  • Effects of being diagnosed
  • Stages or “degrees” of autism
  • New research on neuro-diverse romantic relationships
  • Employment trends
  • Deciding whether to disclose diagnosis

We will discuss the needs and challenges of serving this population, and consider how the lessons learned from older adults might be of value to the younger generation. Participants will be able to:

  • Define obstacles to diagnosing older adults on the spectrum.
  • Describe the unique challenges of older autistic adults.
  • Explain common stages in coming to terms with an autism diagnosis.
  • Define positive steps adults can take when diagnosed with autism.

About the Speaker:

Eric Endlich, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and co-author of the book, Older Autistic Adults: The Lost Generation, based on an international study of 150 participants. He helps spectrum teens transition successfully to college through his firm, Top College Consultants, and treats autistic individuals through psychotherapy. He has presented at the Harvard Medical School Continuing Education annual autism course, the Southern Maine Autism Conference, ASPEN-NJ, numerous Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) events, and the Massachusetts Psychological Association annual meeting. He is on the clinical advisory board of AANE and helped establish the Peter M. Friedman Neurodiverse Couples Institute. Finally, Dr. Endlich is an autism dad and identifies as being on the spectrum himself.


Friday, February 21, 2020
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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