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Autism Speaks is conducting survey to learn more

Every parent of a child with special needs worries about the future.  I constantly think about where my son, who is intellectually disabled, will live when he becomes and adult.  Not only do I worry about finding the appropriate living situation but how we’ll be able to afford it.  I know I’m not alone.  Many parents I speak with share my concerns.

The number of autistic adults in need of residential living and support has risen and will continue to do so.  Besides experiencing difficulty finding a suitable residential space, families have also been facing increased financial burdens.  Ian Paregol, the executive director at Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) in Montgomery County, Maryland, cited that the estimated lifetime cost of caring for an autistic adult is about $3.2 million.  Because of the lack of affordable housing available for adults with autism and, because of this, approximately 80 percent of adults with autism, up to 30 years old, are living at home.

WhiteHouseIt’s because of this that I’m committed to creating privately owned, residential group housing for adults with autism and other special needs through my company Accessible Home Living.

Autism Speaks, is conducting a survey to gather more information from people with autism and their caregivers about their current and future needs in regards to housing and residential support.  The information, gathered now until August 9th,  will be created into a report and analyzed by top professionals in the field.

If you know someone who could benefit from the information in this survey, please forward this along.

 

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