autism and quality of life

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A recent research publication from overseas says a "study concerning the elderly with autism showed that the difference in quality of life is similar in the elderly. Age, IQ and symptom severity did not predict quality of life in this sample. Across the lifespan, people with autism experience a much lower quality of life compared to people without autism."  (see http://aut.sagepub.com/content/19/2/158....).

Questions that spring to (my) mind are:

  • Is it possible for most people with autism spectrum disorder to have a better or even good "quality of life"? [I believe the answer is "yes"]
  • Is our community doing enough now to deliver best or better quality of life for people with autism spectrum disorder?
  • Is sufficient effort going into research to improve quality of life for people with autism spectrum disorder?