created at: 2012-10-31Nancy lives in Wellesley with 28-year-old son James who is on the autism spectrum. Her busy high tech career requires extensive travel, and she is nearing retirement. Nancy is wracked with worry for her son, asking, “What’s going to happen to James?”

Half a million children with autism will reach adulthood in the next decade, experts say. It’s an issue that parents, policymakers, and care providers are scrambling to address. JF&CS is on the leading edge with two new programs, one designed to assist adults with autism and one for those with schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions.

“There are so few resources out there for adult life, and it’s a big problem. These families aren’t prepared for what’s to come,” said Shayna Fel, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker. “I tell parents I can help get their adult children unstuck and figure out a plan for moving forward.”

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