Nonprofit Intentional Communities
Parents of autistic children have become increasingly interested in creating intentional communities modeled loosely on retirement villages or farmsteads that offer not just housing but a community and programming aspect not available in individual apartments or group homes.
Pictured: Dozens of nonprofit intentional communities for people with ASD are in development across the country. Sweetwater Spectrum opened several years ago in Sonoma, designed to house 16 adults (four homes with four tenants each), all of whom have their own support staff and day programs separate from the housing element. See sweetwaterspectrum.org.