April is national autism awareness month. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability. Oftentimes, signs of ASD appear early in childhood when some young children have difficulties communicating and socially interacting with others. ASD is a spectrum condition meaning ASD affects individuals differently. For some, this could mean difficulty making eye-contact with the people in their lives but for others with ASD, verbal communication might be nearly impossible without proper care and professional analysis. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that autism had risen to 1 in every 59 births in the United States. While advances in science and care have aided a societal understanding of this complex condition, the processes and systems in place rarely account for what happens to someone with ASD when they grow up. For many people and their families “aging out of the system” is a very stressful and real existence. In Washington, special education is available for individuals from three to 21-years-old which seems to poignantly pose the question: what happens next?