I recently shared this post across social media and hundreds of parents of children on the autistic spectrum also commented or shared this post who have this thought and worry at the back of their minds every day. One autistic adult shared that her mother worried about this thought and sadly died now her sister is the person that looks out for her on a weekly basis.
‘This is something I always have at the back of my mind when I am working from day to day raising awareness and acceptance:
A report:by Fitzroy shows ‘Our research shows that families are deeply concerned about the long-term future for their sons and daughters, including the question of responsibility for their welfare after the main family carers have died. ‘One in three parents says that they fear for the future of their children after they are gone.
After a lifetime of struggle to secure appropriate care for their loved ones, and a constant vigil to protect them from abuse and neglect, they have lost trust in the system to provide adequate safeguards when they are no longer there to oversee the process.
One parent says: “It is like a ship heading for an iceberg and nothing happening to change its course.”
‘I am trying to plug every hole so that when I am dead and gone my sons will be looked after with the best path hopefully I have helped create for them . ‘
Anna Kennedy OBE