And so the child becomes a man (or woman) and, if lucky, joins the wonderful world of employment. The statistics indicate that this is the exception rather than the rule. Even the most simple tasks may be impossible due to myriad challenges. The prospect of the daily commute, especially by public transport, can be exceptionally difficult; the everyday banter can be taken too literally or completely misinterpreted; sensory issues could cripple any social interaction.
It is estimated that for every 100,000 people in the UK there are at least 1,000 with Autism, and only up to 200 will be in employment. But when Autistic people find employment they are usually good, very good. And they seem to excel in certain industries like I.T. (it appears that Silicon Valley has 10% more autistic children than is the norm).
Autistic people are also more likely to suffer from other mental issues such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety. The medical term for this is comorbidity (which simply means co-exist) but it is no easier for an Autistic person to handle.
Calder Valley Census (2011) = 102,961
Autism Diagnosis Rate (1:68) ~ 1,500
Autism Employment Rate (17%) ~ 250
[Diagnosis Rate from Scientific American]
[Employment Rate from National Autistic Society]