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Young Adults With Autism Need Help Managing Money

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Lack of financial skills is a big pothole on the road to independence for many young adults with autism, a new study indicates.

University of Missouri researchers interviewed 16- to 25-year-olds with autism. Most participants saw the link between adulthood and such responsibilities as paying bills and filing taxes, but many were anxious about it.

“Participants agreed that independence required managing finances, and all expressed frustration in their own abilities when it came to knowing how to handle and use money,” said study leader Nancy Cheak-Zamora, an assistant professor in the School of Health Professions.

“According to the participants, the lack of financial skills has serious consequences on their ability to assume adult responsibilities,” she said.

The study shows the need to help young adults with autism improve their money knowledge, the researchers said.

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