A withdrawn child, Ann Bauer’s son emerged into a well adjusted teen despite having autism. He played the cello, competed in chess tournaments and excelled in math. Bauer even thought of him as “cured.” But all of that changed around the time he turned 18.

Instead of transitioning to adulthood, Bauer’s son, Andrew, became depressed and grew violent. He moved in and out of psychiatric hospitals and had run-ins with the law. Still, Bauer defended her son.

That is, until he nearly killed a woman, leaving her to question what it means to be an adult with autism, she writes in Salon. To read more click here.

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