As developmental centers have closed, more children on the spectrum must now rely on home-based services. Similarly, more adults on the autism spectrum are staying at home as the options for their care become increasingly limited. The most effective solution is to provide parent/caregiver support methods at home to ensure a higher quality of life. PACE can provide this in-home support for parents via Porchlight, helping them to build the skills from within.
The Porchlight platform is highly focused on direct usable strategies for delivering specific solutions from a collection of online modules that take 5-8 minutes to complete. This will also be a hybrid platform that offers direct concentrated group workshops on specific collections of module topics for more hands-on experience and collaboration. “With the addition of Project Porchlight, PACE will expand the high-quality services we already offer through our school, children’s services and residential program, allowing us to connect, support and educate throughout the larger community,” noted Kurt Ohlfs, PACE Executive Director.
Almost all government funding and grant dollars are focused exclusively on supporting the individual with developmental disabilities, with very little monies available for parent training and support. However, a successful quality of life for individuals with disabilities depends greatly on having a community of qualified support. The Porchlight Project aims to build that competence and compassion in raising a collective higher conscience in the community. The goal is to supply consistent and dependable resources, and to provide much needed structure in the lives of those who live with autism.