Dorm housing to cater to people with Asperger's

Posted by Pam Blanton on March 20, 2010

Reported by R&D Magazine:  A select group of students may find it harder than most to adjust to the noises, scents and social scene of dorm life, but a planned housing development in Prospect Park will provide them with a more comfortable environment.

A support organization for people with Asperger’s syndrome has made plans to build Stepping Stone House, a housing complex that will provide transitional housing for people between ages 18 and 26 with Asperger’s syndrome and other learning disabilities.

Asperger’s syndrome is a disorder that is on the low level of the autism spectrum. It can lead to significant deficits in social skills, limited or narrowed interests and sensory issues, said Rachel Gardner, a licensed psychologist at Fraser, a nonprofit organization that provides education, health care and housing to children and adults with special needs. The syndrome is estimated to affect two out of 10,000 American children.

Stepping Stone House will give residents the opportunity to learn how to live on their own while still providing them with 24-hour support.

“The whole goal of this facility is to allow them to be able to live as independently as possible,” said Theresa Namie, executive director at ANSWER Aspergers Network Support.

Namie said although people with Asperger’s syndrome usually have normal IQ scores and are able to attend college, they have an especially difficult time living in the dorms.  READ MORE

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