What happens when children with autism become adults?


In the basement of his Maryland home, Baltimore Orioles hall of famer B.J. Surhoff reflects on his major league career.

But it's his role as a dad that has brought the most rewards - and the most struggles.

He and his wife Polly have four grown children, including Mason, who just turned 25 - and still needs help shaving.

Mason has autism.

Taking care of him is a full time job.

"If we didn't have a day program similar to what Mason's a part of, we wouldn't have a life," Pollly said.

Mason spends his days at Itineris, a day program that provides young adults with autism with job training to help them transition to the real world.

Every year in the United States, about 50,000 children with autism turn 18.

They are no longer kids.

"What happens to them when you're not around," B.J. said, "that is many parents' biggest fear."

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