20 y/o Autistic nephew and IQ of 70 is sitting in County Jail
I need so much help. My nephew lives in Clearwater, Florida where there are no programs or treatments centers for him. He is 20 years old and is borderline MR with an IQ of 70 and had been diagnosed two years ago in NY with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
He is today 3/17/11 sitting in a County Jail since yesterday. My nephew on the outside looks very normal. You wouldn't think there is anything wrong with him. That is until you start speaking to him for at least 20 minutes. He is the most polite kid and is mild mannered. However, he has been hanging around 16 and 17 year old delinquent teens that use him. Most recently they used him to help steal a moped. What happened? He got caught, they didn't. He was the oldest and was arrested. I do not want to see my nephew in jail for the rest of his life but Florida does not have any special programs for him. He was diagnosed with MR at 6 years old. He has been in Special Ed all his life. He was able to finish his certificate in HS. But his ADHD and all his other issues, now that he is older, is starting to show even more. I would be willing to bring him to NY but don't know the first place to bring him.
We are hoping that he is released soon but are waiting. What makes this situation even worse is that his mother, my sister, has been unemployed for over a year. They have no money and it has been a financial strain on the entire family because we are taking care of our own families and her and my two nephews.
We are so desperate. And so afraid that we are going to get a call that my nephew is either dead in the street or is going to wind up in prison. We are all at our wits end and I really need help. I will do the work, I just need guidance. No one is ever able to help.