I have always found there to be more awareness on children with autism than there is for adults, while that is certainly wonderful, I feel that the adults need equal awareness. We have come a long way, but still have ways to go on issues such as support, advocacy, health and educating the public about adults with autism.
Yes, adults too, have autism. That’s right, full grown adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond. So if you see an adult who is displaying a behavior that you are not quite accustomed to seeing adults do such as repetitiveness, temper tantrums, speaking very loudly, odd movement, extra inquisitive, not able to read or write, does not have the ability to interact socially with others, seems lost, scared and confused, interested in toys or things a child would normally be interested in, appears as if they are in their own world, rocks back and forth, or is sensitive to things, and that’s to name a few, keep in mind that individual might just have autism or another developmental disability. Also, keep in mind that the person may or may not look like they have any disability.
In General, rule of thumb should be that no one should make assumptions upon any person. Why? Simply because it’s wrong and nothing is truer when it comes to an adult with a developmental disability. So, if something seems different in a person remember, staring is impolite and mumbling obvious remarks under your tongue is rude. Instead try offering your assistance if needed, and utilize kind gestures whenever possible, this creates positive energy and lightens up an atmosphere which, like many of us, some individuals with autism prefer and respond much better to.