Posts Tagged ‘housing’

A Place of Their Own: Residential Services for Soon-to-Be Adults with Autism

An unprecedented number of families will soon watch their children with autism leave school and flood the adult disability system. Up to a half million children with autism will reach adulthood in the next decade, according to estimates.1, 2 These children, the first wave of the so-called...

Searching for an Appropriate and Safe Residential Community

As the adult population with ASD grows and their parents age, the primary concerns of the parents or guardians are: Where will my son or daughter live when I am not here? Where can my adult/child live even in a semi-independent community setting? Who will be responsible for managing the over-sight...

Selecting Quality Residential Services for Adults with ASD

There has been much discussion about bridging the gap between school services to adult services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Families might experience this transition as a leap into the unknown. The daunting task of finding quality services for individuals with ASD is a cradle...

The Creation of a Model Independent Living Program: The POINT Program of White Plains, NY

One of the most perilous times in the lives of young adults on the spectrum is the transition from the stability and structure of school to lives away from their parents’ homes - lives with as much independence as possible. I know this road well because I am the mother of a young man with an...

The Road to Adulthood

Transition from school to the adult world is exhilarating for some, terrifying for others. Some families have described it “like falling off a cliff and never knowing when we will hit the bottom or climb back to the precipice.” This time is well-described by the hundreds of families who worry...

Transition to Housing: A Framework for Planning

Transition is a critical time for young adults. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), school systems are required to begin transition services when youth reach the age of 16 years (some states do require it to start at 14 years). IDEA is the law for special education...