New Study Addresses Residential Options for Adults Living with Autism and Related Disorders

Posted by Pam Blanton on March 20, 2010

PHOENIX (Feb. 16, 2010) – Within the next 15 years, more than 500,000 children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) will enter adulthood. Today, many adults with autism are being cared for by aging parents who in most cases will not outlive their children, leaving them limited options for lifelong support. This growing new subset of the developmentally disabled population is too old for continued support through the special education services of a public school system and too fragile to live without support in the larger world and their families face a complicated system of vocational rehabilitation services, Medicaid, disconnected government agencies and a lack of appropriate residential care options beyond the obvious ones of keeping them at home or within institutional settings.

Opening Doors: A Discussion of Residential Options for Adults Living with Autism and Related Disorders,, is a newly released collaborative study by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Arizona, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), the Arizona State University (ASU) Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family and the ASU Herberger Institute School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The study focuses on the residential concerns of adults with autism and related disorders and is designed to advance the development of replicable residential models that offer quality, affordable housing options within the fabric of their communities.  READ MORE

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