Many of the homeless are on the autism spectrum, but receive little if any support to help them understand and self-manage the condition. Check out this article from the UK’s Independent, about a Royal Marine who was medically discharged and ended up homeless, before being diagnosed with Asperger’s only recently.
Outwardly his life seemed to be going well, but he often had disagreements with his employers, forcing him to change jobs – a cycle he now puts down to Asperger’s. He lost his security licence after getting into a fight and being cautioned by the police. With no steady income, he was forced to move out of his flat. [quote from the article]
Enjoy this eloquent first-hand testimony by a 17-year old on the autistic spectrum who is a bright student, champion athlete and autism advocate.
http://www.ted.com Autism activist Temple Grandin talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.