Awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in adults has grown dramatically in recent years, which reflects both an increase in diagnoses and in the public’s understanding that, even late in life, a diagnosis can offer major benefits and relief. Learn more about the symptoms of autism in adults here. Description: Over the last twenty years, research has helped us better understand autism in adults. In a podcast, NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon interviews Dr. Ann Wagner, National Autism Coordinator, and Dr. Lisa Gilotty, chief of NIMH’s Research Program on Autism Spectrum Disorders, to discuss these research advances.
Not all adults with autism are alike. Some adults with autism have successful careers in demanding fields such as information technology, robotics, and video game production. Some work part-time while also taking advantage of day programs and resources. Some are unable to function in the workplace and spend their days in sheltered settings. Signs of autism in adults Autism is characterized primarily by social and behavioral challenges, including: differences in how people perceive their environments .