WASHINGTON, DC (September 8, 2014) -- Autism Speaks has named Angela Lello, a policy expert in Medicaid and longterm care and the mother of a child with autism, as its first Director of Housing and Community Living. The position was created in response to the rapid growth of individuals with autism "aging out" of school-based services into adulthood and the lack of services that await them.
A newly-refurbished apartment building in Phoneix, Ariz., will give adults with autism a chance to live more independent lives. The year-long project was undertaken by the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, First Place AZ and the Foundation for Senior Living.
SARRC co-founder Denise Resnick told KTAR News, "This property that is opening is co-locating 15 apartments for seniors and six two-bedroom apartments with young adults with autism.”
(June 4, 2014) - Kevin Petranich is a 34-year-old man with autism working a competive job and living in a supervised apartment on his own in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
This month's Home of the Month highlights a successful residential living program for adults with autism to help enhance their independence and provide a strong sense of community!
(May 9, 2014) - Connecticut state legislature recently added $4 million in funding for placements of state residents with intellectual disabilitiesin new apartments and group homes. Individuals could start moving in as early as July.
(March 21, 2014) - Today's NYMetroParents online featured an article by Autism Speaks Director of Adult Services Leslie Long and Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel Stuart Spielman on the future of alternative housing for adults with autism. The article is excerpted below:
The second day of the 2014 Autism Speaks Autism Investment Conference opened with a focus on residential support for adults on the autism spectrum.
A variety of components were discussed on Day 2 at the Housing Needs session of the Autism Investment Conference. The session, which was monitored by Autism Speaks Executive Vice President of Programs and Services Lisa Goring, featured four companies as well as three panelists. Each panelist is an expert in a topic related to housing needs and brought valuable input to the discussion :