Coming Of Age With Autism http://kuow.org en For Young Adults, Autism Diagnosis Opens Doors, Minds http://kuow.org/post/young-adults-autism-diagnosis-opens-doors-minds <p></p><p></p><p>Growing up, Jordan Howard always felt like an outsider. He had trouble making friends, and he felt awkward in groups. He says he felt like one of those misunderstood high school&nbsp;clichés. And he could never put his finger on why.<br> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 3225 at http://kuow.org For Young Adults, Autism Diagnosis Opens Doors, Minds Purpose And A Paycheck: Job-Seekers With Autism Reach For Both http://kuow.org/post/purpose-and-paycheck-job-seekers-autism-reach-both <p></p><p></p><p>The first time Rolando Elias came to work at the Federal Way farmers market, Dr. April Walter was nervous.<br><br>“That was a big-time risk,” April says. “It could have blown up in my face.” She opened a tent at the market to give young adults with autism a chance to work.<br> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 03:50:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 3226 at http://kuow.org Purpose And A Paycheck: Job-Seekers With Autism Reach For Both Cautiously Optimistic: Off To College, With Autism http://kuow.org/post/cautiously-optimistic-college-autism <p></p><p>Alex Brenner walked into his psychologist's office one day this summer and right away, he thought he had done something wrong. Both his parents were standing at the front desk. As he closed the door, his mom handed him a letter. “She said, 'read it.' I sat down. It said, ‘you’re getting into the University of Washington.’”<br><br>Alex was stunned. His dad helped him uncork a bottle of champagne and they celebrated on the spot. The University of Washington in Seattle was Alex’s first choice among schools. He had been studying for four years at a community college to get his grades up. All his hard work had finally paid off. But sitting there holding his acceptance letter, another wave of realization washed over him. Soon he’d be living on his own in a new city, a long drive from his parents’ home in Tacoma. He suddenly felt nervous.<br> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 03:40:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 3227 at http://kuow.org Cautiously Optimistic: Off To College, With Autism