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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Opening Doors for Autistic Adults

The Arizona Republic reports:
Several of Arizona's leading real-estate groups have tackled a growing national housing problem in a new report, Opening Doors: A Discussion of Residential Options for Adults Living With Autism and Related Disorders.

During the next 15 years, more than 500,000 children with autism disorders will become adults. Now, most adults with autism live with their aging parents, who won't outlive their children. Autistic adults currently have few options for housing away from their families.

"The potential crisis in housing and services for this population is an issue not only for families and local communities, but for society as a whole," said Joe Blackbourn, a Valley developer and former board member of Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center