Autism Speaks is committed to increasing services and expanding opportunities for the rapidly growing population of young adults and adults with autism. The percentage of adults on the spectrum who receive little to no support services, continue to live at home with their aging parents or have trouble securing competitive employment is far too high and we are working hard to provide as many tools and resources as possible to help support adults at home, in the workplace and out in the community.
A new focus in the area of adult services is on advocating at the state and federal level for housing options and supports. Early this year, Autism Speaks launched a Housing and Community Living Initiative that will work to increase access to home and community based services (HCBS) and increase the capacity of HCBS providers to serve adults with autism and increase available housing options. We will be launching this initiative in three states in 2015: Florida, Illinois and New Jersey.
“It’s really an advocacy push,” said Angela Lello, Autism Speaks director of housing and community living who joined the organization in August. “What we’re trying to do is organize our grassroots advocates to motivate their legislatures on home and community-based supports.” Lello added it’s a “natural growth” of the organization to beef up its lobbying on adult services.
Find more resources for adults with autism from Autism Speaks here.