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Health Works: Caring for adults with autism

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(WJBK) -  It is estimated that one out of every 68 babies born in the United States will be diagnosed with autism.

Often the focus for children with autism is giving them special therapy and treatment - but that often ends when they become adults.

Now, there is a real effort to change that.

Braden Gertz is getting his classroom ready for his students, all of whom have autism spectrum disorder.  And Gertz isn't any teacher's assistant, he has autism too.

He knows first hand what issues his students face.

"Some of the kids have issues, like they don't talk," Gertz said. "We're trying to help them speak."

That specialized care is crucial for development. Each year we spend $11.5 billion on children with autism.

Dr. Christopher Hanks of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center has helped to open one of the few clinics in the country that is dedicated to caring for adults.

"As they move into the adult-based care settings they really struggle to identify providers that are comfortable caring for them," he said.

For more on this story, click the video player above for the full Health Works report.

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