Life 101: Learning To Live With Autism
At the University of Arizona in Tucson, students with autism walk along the campus streets, seeking to blend in with the hustle and bustle of college life. As they go about their day, these young adults don't reveal that they're here as part of a transitional residential program to learn some of life's most basic and essential lessons -- getting practice for those difficult moments that make autism, autism.
A program at the University of Arizona-Tucson offers education and life skills.
For Forrest, a well-mannered young man from Dallas, tasks like remembering money for his morning bus ride are a battle. When he reached for change one morning and found his pockets were empty, he didn't know how to react. "I forgot my dimes," he said, staring down in disbelief.
Kai, who on top of autism struggles with brain seizure disorder, collapses at a moment's notice on the sidewalk. Matthew, who is getting training in public speaking, suddenly froze in front of a roomful of watchful eyes when called upon to speak in class.
This kind of program is needed for autistic children. They need to learn how to deal with daily life in order to be more independent.