ACCORDING TO AUTISM SPEAKS, AUTISM REFERS TO A BROAD RANGE OF CONDITIONS CHARACTERIZED BY CHALLENGES WITH SOCIAL SKILLS, REPETITIVE BEHAVIORS, SPEECH AND NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION.
IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 5,437,988 MILLION INDIVIDUALS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM.
OVER THE NEXT DECADE, AN ESTIMATED 700,000-1,116,000 OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WILL AGE INTO ADULTHOOD AND OUT OF SCHOOL-BASED AUTISM SERVICES.
Transitioning to Adulthood:
Entering new environments, new social experiences, and new routines
New opportunities for self-advocacy and independence
Consider own interests and make choices about continuing education, choosing a career, or become part of a community.
Challenges: housing, education, employment, financial support, care, aging out of services, and social connections.
THE AUTISM HOUSING NETWORK STATES ONLY 19% OF AUTISTIC ADULTS HAVE EVER LIVED OUTSIDE THEIR FAMILY HOME.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEIR
PARENTS ARE NO LONGER HERE?
Our mission is to help others build homes similar to the R&R House to ensure loved ones with autism and other disabilities live as independently as possible in a safe and comfortable environment with opportunities to explore their abilities and interests.
We cannot stress how necessary housing for those with autism and other disabilities is. We are ready to hit the ground running and help pave the way for others.
RECENT NYS HOUSING NEWS:
"Assemblyman Thomas Abinati and NYS Senator John Mannion have introduced new legislative bills for consideration:Bills A9492 and S8521 respectively. These identical bills relate to the creation of an innovative supportive housing program for persons with developmental disabilities. We believe these bills may effectively address some of the housing barriers experienced by our IDD population, assist in addressing the housing crisis among this population, and are clearly a nonpartisan issue throughout the state."
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