Autism, the last major civil rights battle

As civil rights groups continue to battle for the rights of people all across the world, there is one group that continues to be left out: People on the autism spectrum. Now, there are no laws which prohibit people on the autism spectrum from attaining rights that people who are not on the autism spectrum […]

As civil rights groups continue to battle for the rights of people all across the world, there is one group that continues to be left out: People on the autism spectrum.

Now, there are no laws which prohibit people on the autism spectrum from attaining rights that people who are not on the autism spectrum already have. However, there are major setbacks that people on the autism spectrum face that prohibit their success in society, notably in 3 areas: Education, employment, and housing.

First, education. Many people on the autism spectrum face severe discrimination in education. There is not enough money going to special education programs. Furthermore, many people on the autism spectrum do not interact with people who are not on the autism spectrum, further prohibiting their social development.

This bring up the issue of employment. The unemployment rate for people on the autism spectrum is at 90%. Furthermore, many of those 10% work part-time jobs in low-skilled labor, such as stuffing bags in a grocery-store. This means low wages and little opportunity to advance.

And finally, the third issue: Housing. Many people on the autism spectrum do not live in their own housing. Many still live with their parents or in an assisted living home.

And yet, despite this disparity, many politicians still do not address these issues. Many activists group do not address these problems.

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