FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Currently, the CDC estimates the prevalence of Autism in children at 1 in 68.  This number is expected to rise by 15% over the next ten years to 1 in 59.

  • A 22% increase in residential services is needed just to meet current demands.  As rates rise, so will the need for housing.

  • 87% of ASD adults live with their parents, but only 22% want to.

  • 67% of adults with Autism are victims of abuse.  

  • After high school, 39% of ASD adults lose contact with friends and become socially isolated.

  • There are approximately 30,000 developmentally disabled adults living in nursing homes or psychiatric hospitals.

  • Of the 3.5 million ASD adults who are living with a family caregiver, a third of them are cared for by someone over the age of 60.

Current housing options are based on old and outdated models created in the aftermath of the Willowbrook scandal and the resulting rush for de-institutionalization.  These models were hastily created without thoughtful planning for community integration and independence.

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