On April 5th 2013, The Psychology Department at Simon Fraser University held an important interactive session to discuss quality of life among families of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The focus was on parental responsibilities for these families, which are often very demanding and unrelenting, with no end in sight. They are the forgotten players in a social support system with many gaps.
There was a diverse expert panel present to explore what options exist considering the lack of resources for their adult children with chronic ASD issues and challenges. Members were:
This meeting’s sharing of information was an important initiative by Emily Gardiner, who is focusing her PhD studies on this issue, and Dr. Grace Iarocci, her clinical supervisor.
A free exchange took place, providing issues, problems and recommendations for incorporation in the doctoral research, and consideration by BC Ministries responsible for support services, community agencies , post secondary institutions and parent groups.
The Laurel Foundation provided the financial and organizational support for the event.