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Demand Growing for Autism Group Homes

April 10, 2012
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How You Can Help With the Coming Tsunami of Adults with Autism!

November 28, 2011
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How You Can Help With the Coming Tsunami of Adults with Autism!

There is a wave on the horizon. Experts in the field can see it coming, they are trained in such matters. But the majority of policy makers, service providers and funding agencies are distracted. They don’t see it. When this Tsunami arrives (any day...

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Lengthy backlog for Rochester-area group homes

November 27, 2011
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Lengthy backlog for Rochester-area group homes Written by Patti Singer Four years ago, Sue Accapezzato added her son, Michael, to the waiting list for a group home. The 22-year-old, who has Down syndrome and autism, now is among more than 1,300 adults in the...

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The Need for Autism Specific Adult Services

October 2, 2011
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During the early 1990s, I frequently spoke to groups about autism, teaching them about the characteristics and treatment of the disorder. Early in the talk I would ask audience members to raise their hands if there was someone in their family or other circles...

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from the Chicago Tribune, September 30, 2011
Moving to community care

The governor’s plans would launch an overdue revamp of the state program serving the developmentally disabled — people with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and other challenges.

Illinois’ treatment of the developmentally disabled lags way behind the times. Other states have proved convincingly that in most cases, institutionalizing people in big government-run facilities hurts everyone concerned and wastes money. Community-based organizations offer small neighborhood group homes and other varied options for care and generally provide better results at a much lower cost.Read more…