Families of children with autism face a tough road when the services of high school programs end at age 21, and parents are often compelled to take on even more care than ever.

For Heidi Roger and her 18-year-old son Andrew, the prospect of “aging out,” while still a few years away, is a question mark looming large over their future.

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Lauren Betesh is a New York-based journalist. She is a recent graduate of Columbia Journalism School and works at HuffPost Live as a Production Assistant. You can follow her on Twitter at @Lauren_Betesh.