Friends of Autistic People teamed up with Autism Speaks at a private home in Stamford for an evening of laughter with comedian Jane Condon to raise money for adults with autism.
FAP works with families, legislators, and organizations to ensure that adults with autism receive services that enable them to lead better lives.
Michael Rosen, executive vice president and strategic communications of Autism Speaks and former CBS journalist tells us when a person has autism, everyone is affected.
"Every person with autism has 10 people that take care of them," said Michael Rosen. "So that's 30 million people who are effected by autism because it takes a village to raise a child with autism... 500,000 people in the next 10 years are going to need services and have no place to live."
At age 21 virtually all government funded services are cut off to those with autism.
"We do not as a society provide support so that these people can continue to learn the skills. That their learning isn't cut off as they need to continue the education as they learn less fast than others," said FAP founder Brita Darany von Regensburg.
FAP hopes to raise $50,000 from the event to help fund a $2.5 million green farm academy for adults with autism.
"All of these children who are now being diagnosed with autism, they eventually grow up and become adults," said Marcie Trivette. "So these children that become adults need jobs and they need a place to, a comforting place."
"One in eighty-eight children are all getting older and there's going to be a huge tsunami of children who are going to age out of the services," said Rosen. "5,000 kids in the next 10 years are going to age out of services and where are they going to go? They need a place to live."
"The spectrum is so vast," Trivette said. "My brother fortunately is on the higher end of the spectrum and is very verbal and is very social now, but you have those who are completely non-verbal and those who kind of just sit there. They can still communicate, just not with words and that's what a lot of people don't understand."
For more information on FAP visit autisticadults.com.