HOT TOPICS—October 2014
A Place for Us: Supported Housing Solutions for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
The Bay Area is facing a dire shortage of housing options for the surging population of adults with autism and developmental disabilities. This practical one-day conference discusses current options and future directions.
Date: Friday, October 24, 2014 Time: 8:30am-4pm
We regret this event is sold out, to join the waitlist please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about our Regional Autism/Developmental Disability Housing Networking Groups here.
Will California Pull the Rug Out from Under Autism-Supportive Housing?
Though shocking to people who have not been following the twists and turns of Medicare policy, California is considering prohibiting autism-supportive housing and requiring all adults with autism, no matter how disabled or cognitively or behaviorally challenged, to live in isolated, generic apartments or homes without opportunity for customized amenities, programming, or community. Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area strongly opposes the move to crush housing options, particularly in light of the exploding numbers of adults with autism. See our Blog or our October 18, 2014 letter to the California Department of Health Care Services and learn more.
NEW: 72,000-and-Growing: California's Autism Epidemic
An overview of our state's explosion in autism cases, from the 1980s to today. PDF here.
Below: Autism and Developmental Disability Cases, Greater Bay Area, 1990 v 2014. PDF here.
Think Tank on Adult Autism Day Programs, November 12
The population of young adults with more severe forms of autism aging out of the school system is growing rapidly. Adult day programs/supported employment designed to serve them are at often at capacity with little room to grow. Our Think Tank brings together area leaders to discuss how to expand and improve services. Due to space constraints this event is invitation-only, but we will provide a written summary. Please contact us for more information.