Marcus O'Loughlin was diagnosed with autism at a young age. He retreats into his own world when he becomes overstimulated. This is the story of Marcus and his family.
"Theres still this hole in our community and our society that exists for adults with autism. It does not stop at age 18, its not something you grow out of," Erin O'Loughlin, Marcus' mother, said.
One in every 88 children is being diagnosed with autism, so "10-15 years from now we're going to have a huge problem on our hands. Not all of them are severe enough where they are going to need constant intervention and services for the rest of their lives, but many of them are."
This story is going to be turned into an extended multimedia piece that further addresses the growing issue of caring for adults with autism. I am currently working on documenting the life of Jim Johnsen, a 46-year-old who lives at the Carolina Living and Learning Center, an assisted living home for adults with autism. Marcus' and Jim's stories will be edited together and paired with a written piece at the end of this year long project to best present the benefits and struggles of the future lifestyle that adults with autism face.
This story was also edited into a photostory called The House Autism Built.