For people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) the right to be involved in all decisions affecting their future is the most important component in transitioning from dependency to independency. For the whole of his (her) life any person with an ASD must be the single most important contributor in the many decisions and choices in managing their daily life. It is not always possible for this group of people to be able to envisage the full consequences of their wishes which inform and influence their expressed opinions.
For the majority of these persons they will need our help in the management of their time, both free and structured. This will almost always remain necessary for socializing with others during early development and also for their functioning as adults.
Tadeusz Galkowski is a member of the National Society for Autism, Warsaw School of Sciences and Humanities, Poland