New book, ‘Autism Tomorrow,’ helps parents guide autistic children into adulthood

Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Tony Attwood and 14 other autism experts contributed advice in a new book on facing adulthood with autism. The book, “Autism Tomorrow: The Complete Guide to Help Your Child Thrive in the Real World,” addresses independent living, employment, puberty, sexuality, bullying, social skills, communication, financial planning and more.

Autism Today, a leading autism spectrum disorder education and awareness organization, announced that the unique comprehensive book, “Autism Tomorrow, The Complete Guide to Help Your Child Thrive in the Real World,” is now available. The book is a compilation of advice from leading experts in autism spectrum disorders with each author adding valuable insight to help parents, care providers and educators guide children into adulthood.

via Essential New Book, ‘Autism Tomorrow’, Helps Children Transition into Adulthood.

Residency program offers activities, safe haven for adults with autism

MADISON TWP. — Here they’re not clients. They’re not patients. They’re farmers.They have a purpose.

That is why Connie and Larry Proctor were finally comfortable with moving their 27-year-old son Adam — who has severe autism — out of their home and into Safe Haven Farms in May.

He was one of the first residents at the farm: a group of new homes on a former horse ranch in Madison Twp. soon to also house an activity center, garden and other amenities.

via Residency program offers activities, safe haven for adults with autism.

Sketch-A-Space!: Autism Google Sketch Up Contest with Easter Seals

Here’s a great contest for families and people living with autism.

As the leading nonprofit provider of autism services, Easter Seals has teamed up with Google to launch Sketch-A-Space, an online design contest for people living with autism, their family and friends to create the room of their dreams using free Google SketchUp 3-D modeling software – all for the chance to win $2,000 to make that space become a reality. Entries can be submitted at www.easterseals.com/sketchaspace between April 26, 2010 and July 16, 2010.

Winners will be announced early Fall 2010.“A partnership between Google SketchUp and Easter Seals to launch this contest makes perfect sense,” says Tom Wyman, manager of business development at Google. “Not only is it a wonderful tool for individuals with autism to express themselves, it’s a great way for entrants to share their creative ideas for what makes a comfortable and safe space, whether it be a bedroom, family room, classroom or office.”

“When it comes to living with autism, a person’s physical space and environment can be particularly important. Many individuals with autism report increased sensitivity to sounds, smells, tactile and visual stimuli – unique needs to be addressed,” says Dr. Paula Pompa-Craven, autism expert at Easter Seals Southern California. “It’s critical for families living with autism and professionals to begin to see environments through the eyes of a person living with autism and work together to find flexible, personalized solutions.”

via EASTER SEALS, GOOGLE LAUNCH ‘SKETCH-A-SPACE’ CONTEST | TECHNOLOGY.

From Pennsylvania: Developing New Housing Options for Adults with Autism Will Foster New Opportunities

Pennsylvanians with autism could have broader opportunities to participate in and contribute to their communities if more effort is made to create affordable housing tailored to their needs, a new state report finds.

The report on housing options for adults with autism spectrum disorder, issued today by the Department of Public Welfare’s Bureau of Autism Services, offers a first-ever comprehensive look at the housing challenges facing Pennsylvanians with autism.

via Pennsylvania DPW Report: Developing New Housing Options for Adults with Autism Will Foster New Opportunities,… — HARRISBURG, Pa., April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –.

Study projects housing needs of autistic adults

It is projected that as many as 500,000 autistic children will reach adulthood in the next 15 years. These adults will have varying levels of independence, and will outlive their parents. Where will they go? This is the question that a collaborative report by the Urban Land Institute Arizona (ULI), the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), and Arizona State University (ASU) tries to answer.

via Study projects housing needs of autistic adults | Autism Support Network.

Parents of the disabled want a say

The mother of an autistic adult featured in this Salt Lake Tribune Article says she knows her son best. She and other parents of adult disabled children want their voices heard when decisions are being made about where their children should live.

Parents of the disabled want a say

In one group home, Philip Paulsen was left unattended and was seriously burned in a cooking accident. While playing with water — a habit when he’s anxious — the severely autistic adult caused $5,000 in damage to a supervised apartment. He was evicted for assaulting a caregiver.

As his mother, 73-year-old Mary Paulsen rounds the corner to old age, she feels the “security, consistency and supervision” her son needs can only be found at the state-run Utah Developmental Center in American Fork.

But with a movement to keep the disabled out of institutions underway for decades, Paulsen and other parents feel shut out of decisions about where their loved ones will live. They’re now asking lawmakers to endorse legislation that would make it easier for parents to institutionalize their mentally disabled children.

via Parents of the disabled want a say – Autism Parents Club.

Elderly-Friendly Remodeling

Planning for the Golden years!

There’s nothing worse than seeing older or disabled person unable to enjoy their home or worse, forced to move because the existing conditions are not user friendly.

A home that is user-friendly for the elderly and the disabled can be aesthetically pleasing. More and more products today are designed for disabled or elderly applications and have broken the “utilitarian” design mold and are now quite attractive.

via A Concord Carpenter Comments: Elderly-Friendly Remodeling.

Organizations seek funds to build group home

BOARDMAN — A 3.2-acre patch of land on Glenwood Avenue could be the future site of a group home for autistic adults if two area nonprofit organizations can raise the money.

The Tri-county Autism Society purchased the land in 2005 for about $22,000, but it needs to raise $300,000 to $400,000 to build the proposed group home, which would house four autistic adults, said Helen Aiello, fund- raising coordinator.

via Organizations seek funds to build group home – Local & Regional News – Vindy.com, The Vindicator.

Construction Begins on $50 Million Campus for Autism and Developmental Disability Life Quality

SAN MARCOS, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Marking a new chapter in the realization of life quality for those with autism and other developmental disabilities, the Training, Education & Research Institute TERI, Inc. today officially broke ground on construction for the Charles R. Cono Center for Research & Life Planning. Set on 20 acres in North San Diego County, the $50 million campus will directly address the crisis of a growing and aging population with autism and other developmental disabilities by providing a comprehensive array of services and support programs covering their entire lifespan in a dynamic location.

via Construction Begins on $50 Million Campus for Autism and Developmental Disability Life Quality | Reuters.