Communities for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
According to recent reports released by the CDC based upon research conducted in the U.S., one in 68 children is born with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The risk is even higher for boys; one in 42 boys are on the spectrum. The disorder affects children of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. These statistics are significantly higher than previous CDC reports. (Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010). As these increasing numbers of children with autism mature, the need for high quality residential communities for adults on the spectrum far exceeds supply.
The Foundation plans to help establish 100 world-class, integrated adult autism communities with blueprints for another 1,000 over the next two decades. We are currently working toward this goal with the following two initiatives:
The David Arthur Foundation is teaming up with the Corporation for Independent Living and the Hospital for Special Care to establish a world-class, integrated community for adults with autism in a sizable city in Connecticut. The effort would combine both attractive housing options and an organic community network of services supporting a full life including: healthcare, work, education, sports, religion, entertainment, security, and socialization opportunities. There is a particular focus in establishing this community with the clear goal of replicating it to other cities to meet this pressing nationwide need.
Award of Chiefofstaff.com Software to Communities for Adults on the Spectrum
We invite the autism community to nominate exemplary communities for adults on the autism spectrum to the David Arthur Foundation for pro bono Chiefofstaff.com software and support. Chiefofstaff.com’s software inherently tracks an organization’s processes and progress. By providing pro bono Chiefofstaff.com software to key organizations, Chiefofstaff.com will develop a body of best practices that it will share with a wider network of autism service organizations.
- Individual organizations awarded pro bono support will be strengthened operationally, increasing efficiency and improving communication across the organization.
- Individual organizations awarded pro bono support will be able to use Chiefofstaff.com to support fundraising, including by demonstrating alignment with their mission, progress toward goals, or creating reports on initiatives across departments coded by institutional priority.
- All organizations nominated for support will join a network of institutions that the Foundation will share its learnings with. The Foundation will support connectivity between the members of this expanded network through special events.
To nominate a community or apply directly, please contact Robert Epner, Executive Director, David Arthur Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Dr. Lawrence E. Sullivan, Chair of the Board, David Arthur Foundation, at email@example.com.