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Mark Cartwright of Dallas Weighs Options for Autistic Adults

September 13, 2012 - DALLAS, TX

Autism is best-known to many as a mental disorder that afflicts children, but what is often forgotten is the fact that the condition is chronic -- which means that a child does not outgrow his or her autism simply through the process of aging. As such, there are many adults who suffer from autism, and, for many of them, there are major challenges associated with holding down a steady job and enjoying a "normal" life. According to a recent report, there are numerous social programs available to help adults with autism find and maintain employment -- but the efficacy of these programs is difficult to determine. The report has won the attention of many members of the mental health community, including Mark Cartwright of Dallas.

Mark Cartwright is a licensed specialist and longtime psychiatric care professional. With a background in School Psychology, Dr. Cartwright has diagnosed and treated many autism cases throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. His zeal, however, is for providing mental healthcare services to a wide range of clients, including kids and grown-ups alike. Dr. Cartwright has responded to the recent study with a new press statement.

He begins by offering a reminder of the very real presence of adult autism, a condition that he says is far too frequently overlooked. "Autism is a disorder that catches more flash and attention when we relate it to children, especially when initially diagnosed," says Mark Cartwright of Dallas. "The fact of the matter is that this disorder affects individuals for a lifetime. It is not a disorder that generally improves with time, although Applied Behavior Analysis and other behavioral based strategies have helped individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) make great strides in their life."

Dr. Cartwright continues by saying that, when it comes to offering vocational services to adults with autism, a paradigm shift is in order. "The idea of adults with this disorder is often overlooked and it is very important that we have a paradigm shift to help these individuals be productive members of society," he remarks. "It is critical to begin having empirically validated evidence based studies that help identify strategies to help with vocational training and ongoing support for adults suffering from autism."

As for the new report to which Dr. Cartwright is responding, it finds that there has been precious little research done on the topic of vocational services for adults with autism. Only five serious studies were located, and while some of them offer promising results, the data is too limited to provide any substantive information.

The report also notes that most states in the U.S. have "vocational" or "vocational rehab" services for those suffering from disabilities, including both mental and physical maladies.


A psychologist in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area, Mark Cartwright specializes in school psychology. Mark Cartwright of Dallas attended Ohio State University, where he earned his master's and doctorate degrees, and Ohio University, where he earned his bachelor's degree. Mark Cartwright of Dallas completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Dallas Medical Center of the University of Texas Southwestern. Mark Cartwright of Dallas currently offers his services as a licensed specialist in the areas of assessment, evaluation, and treatment of ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, autism, and dementia.


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