Autistic man on his own for the first time

Steve Greenberg was diagnosed with autism 35 years ago.

Steve Greenberg was diagnosed with autism 35 years ago. (4/2/13)

WEST WINDSOR - An autistic man in his 30s is able to live on his own for the first time in his life thanks to programs at the Princeton Based Eden Autism Services.

Steven Greenberg was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3.  His father, Norm Greenberg, says that he can't believe how much has changed since his son's diagnosis.

Greenberg says that when Steven was diagnosed the incident rate of autism was five in 10,000 births. A 2013 study shows that New Jersey has a ratio of one in 49 people dealing with the disorder.

Yet with the increase in diagnoses there has also been an increase in programs to help autistic people. Eden Autism Services offers an early intervention program, a school and adult services, which is how Steven and his new roommate, Kevin, got a chance for independence.

Steven and Kevin have 24/7 live-in assistance, hold jobs, and take care of their apartment, something their parents never thought they would see.

Most living expenses, transportation and aid for the men is paid for by the Division of Developmental Disabilities.

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