It is estimated that over the next 10 years some 500,000 young people with autism will move into adulthood. Many families will face the challenge of finding and securing housing for adults on the spectrum.
The New York Times takes a look at one option, albeit an expensive one, profiling Sweetwater Spectrum, a residence for 16 adults in Sonoma, Calif. The recently-opened faciility was built closely following the 2009 "Advancing Full Spectrum Housing" design guidelines for housing adults with autism developed by academics Kim Steele and Sherry Ahrentzen. The $10.4 milllion dollar project features a wide variety of amenities, like a pool and greenhouse, as well as specific architectural elements designed for adults across the spectrum.
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