HOT TOPICS—November 2014
Download our November newsletter
A Place for Us: Supported Housing Solutions for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Conference wrap-up here • Final program here (PDF)
Videos here. • Learn about Regional Housing Groups here
VIP Think Tank on Adult Autism Day Programs
The Bay Area is facing a crisis in providing adult day programs designed to serve those with more severe autism. Our November 12 VIP Think Tank summary notes are here.
ALERT! Autism-Supportive Housing Under Threat!
California is considering prohibiting autism-supportive housing in favor of isolated, generic apartments or homes without opportunity for amenities, programming, or community. We oppose this move to crush housing options, particularly in light of the exploding numbers of adults with autism. By November 26, 2014, please write an email to the State based on our suggested Talking Points to ensure viability of supported housing options throughout California.
Blog: The Day "Autism" Died?
The word "autism" died last week, it ceased to retain any power to create a shared understanding, which is, after all, the very purpose of language.... more
Autism Arts Holiday Gift Guide
Support special artists by filling your stockings with these fabulous gifts. Gift Guide page here.
Bay Area Autism Nonprofit Giving
This season, ask friends, co-workers and family to support autism-serving nonprofits! We list 44 local organizations, providing schools, camps, recreation, support, research, and more! PDF here.
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.
For a chart showing Autism and Developmental Disability Cases, Greater Bay Area, 1990 v 2014, by county, click here.
State Senators Tell Governor of Imperiled DDS System, Seek to Boost Funding
State Senator Jim Beall and other lawmakers joined together to ask Jerry Brown to include a 10% funding increase in the Governor's January budget. Read their letter here.
Thank you, Senator Beall, for your leadership on this badly needed short-term fix to our developmental disability services crisis.