Videos and Slides from Housing and Living Options: What We've Learned, held May 10, 2014
Presentation at Parents Helping Parents conference, by Jill Escher, president, Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area
Part 1: Autism / Developmental Disability Housing Options: The Growing Need
In this introductory segment, Escher gives an overview of the history of DD housing in California, including the move from state-run institutions to community-based options. But, as she explains, community-based options are underfunded and not keeping up with the soaring demand created, in part, but the sharply increasing numbers of young adults with autism.
Part 2: Housing Options: Single-Family Home Based Models
An overview of autism/DD housing options based on a single-family home model, including living with parents, legacy homes, licensed group homes, unlicensed co-ops and adult foster care.
Part 3: Housing Options: Multiplex and Intentional Community Models
Overview of autism/DD housing options based on multifamily or congregate models, including market-rate apartments, affordable "set-aside" units, investment-based multifamily complexes, and nonprofit intentional communities.
Part 4: Needed Policy Changes
Overview of many of the policy changes necessary to facilitate the creation of new housing options for adults with autism or developmental disability.
1. More adult day programs.
2. More employment options.
3. More rental vouchers.
4. Tax breaks.
5. New models responsive to the intensive needs of adults with behavioral autism.
6. Reform of current group home regulations.
7. New lifespan safety/supervision options.
8. Dedicated funding streams over the long-term.
9. Priority use of public lands.
10. Trumping of exclusionary zoning codes.
11. Fewer restrictions on choice.
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