The Foundation for Autism Support & Training has a new initiative called ARCHway. Our website is www.myarchway.org and our social networking site is www.myarchway.ning.com
On our website we have 60+ pages of content on developing a full menu of community housing options, finding/training staff, assistive technology for greater independence and much much more. This is a first of its kind site since it goes into a great deal of detail on this topic.
Our mission is guided by a vision of a good life for people with autism across the entire spectrum. Through a person-centered process called Lifespan Planning, we can ensure that our loved ones have the choice to live and thrive in the communities they know. To accomplish this, we also need to find or develop a menu of high quality community housing options that are sustainable, integrated, accessible, affordable, and most importantly, are real homes that are specifically adapted to support the needs of adults with autism. We also need to find and train qualified support staff, provide augmentative communication (speech generating devices) to help people with autism communicate and we also need to understand how assistive technology can be used to support greater independence.
We just developed a public service announcement that has already been seen by 13 million people nationally. It stars film and TV star Annie Potts.
Annie Potts is the Public Spokesperson for ARCHway. In this video, Annie tells us that there is a severe housing shortage for adults with autism and suggests that ARCHway can offer real solutions. She invites you to join with us to Turn a Perfect Storm…into a More Perfect World for adults with autism who need community housing options and supports.
See our public service announcement on You Tube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jtdo6Zh4ok4
Become a member of ARCHway and you will have access to our social network. ARCHway was designed for family members, loved ones, caregivers, professionals and other stakeholders whose lives are personally touched by teens and adults with autism. ARCHway is a place to develop communities where people can communicate with other like-minded people who are also looking for solutions about where they can find or develop long-term, sustainable housing options. Here we share knowledge and provide facilitated discussion forums specifically on this topic. ARCHway provides a place where members can recommend or not recommend group homes to others. By request, ARCHway provides contact information of other members in your local area that also want to connect and form chapters in order to develop friendships and plan happy, safe and sound futures for adults with autism. The ARCHway pages on this site contain an expanded Table of Contents with a tremendous amount of information on developing community housing options and much more. These are the companion pages to our social network site and provide background for our forum discussions.
Please also join our social networking site as we will soon be offerring members free webinars of many key topics on autism housing. Go to www.myarchway.ning.com