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Full Spectrum: Autism, College, And Work

Nov 13, 2012

Alex Brenner, Jordan Howard and Dorian Hinkle (left to right) relax after their final day working at the Federal Way farmer's market for the summer.
Credit KUOW photo/Bryan Buckalew

About one in 120 children in the Washington state public school system have an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 430 percent increase from a decade ago. In the next decade, many of those teenagers with autism will become adults, but what they will do as adults is anyone’s guess. Autism is often associated with children, but it’s a lifelong condition. Producer Bryan Buckalew introduces us to young adults with autism trying to figure out how to take the next step in a KUOW Program Venture Fund special report. Join the conversation afterward by sharing your thoughts at 206.543.5869 or weekday@kuow.org.

Also this hour, we'll look at the future of welfare policy with Robert Plotnick of the University of Washington.