Adult Autism Support Bloomington IN

Local resource for adult autism support in Bloomington. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to information on autism or Asperger down syndrome, education for adults with autism, autism support for adults, as well as advice and content on autism services.

Susan J. Rautio-Dietz, Ph.D., HSPP
(812) 332-7394
532 North Walnut Street, Suite D, PO Box 5185
Bloomington, IN
Support Services
Other, Psychological Counseling, Therapy Providers

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People and Animal Learning Services (PALS)
812-336-2798 (office); (812) 824-3000 (barn)
PO Box 1033
Bloomington, IN
Support Services
Activities, Hippotherapy (Horseback Riding), Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Indiana Resource Center for Autism
(812) 855-6508
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Bloomington, IN
Support Services
Helpful Websites, Marriage & Family Counseling, Products/Stores, Research, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Options For Better Living
(812) 332-9615
200 East Winslow Road/P.O. Box 1732
Bloomington, IN
Support Services
Support Organization

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South Central Chapter of the Autism Society of America
(812) 876-1251
c/o Elizabeth Sinders, 7044 North Purcell Dr.
Bloomington, IN
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Autism Society of Indiana
(812) 332-7236
PO Box 8502
Bloomington, IN
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Autism Consulting Services of Indiana, Inc.
(812) 332-7723
Post Office Box 1711
Bloomington, IN
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Other
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Audra Lampkins
(812) 360-5170
1689 W. Hennessey St
Bloomington, IN
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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CeDIR
(812) 855-9396
2853 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Unlocking The Spectrum
(812) 606-4413
Bloomington, IN
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Finding The Right Home For Your Adult Child With Autism

Finding the right home for your adult child with autism

Lisa Jo Rudy

Marianne Ehlert of Protected Tomorrows works with the families of people on the autism spectrum to plan for adult living. Available options for people on the autism spectrum vary from state to state and individual to individual. Possibilities range from complete independence to institutional living. Figuring out just what a particular individual needs, where to find it, and how to fund it, can be a complex process.

Ehlert notes that it's important to begin thinking about adult living while your child with autism is still young. In part, that's because children with autism are usually eligible for special needs and transition programs through their schools, which means that your child's educational program can be crafted to support your plans for the future. It's also because the process of thinking through, planning for and creating an ideal living situation for a person on the autism spectrum may take a long time.

Step One - Envision an Ideal Setting for Your Adult Child With Autism
All parents, Ehlert says, want their children to be "safe and happy" as adults. But every parent has a different vision of what "safe and happy" might look like. That vision, she says, depends as much on the parent's experience and attitudes as on the child's abilities and preferences. Still, it's important for parents to start thinking about their own vision for their child's future before making any concrete actions.

Where would your child thrive? In a city? On a farm? On his own? With a group? At home with parents? In essence, says Ehlert, there are five general living options available:

∗ At home with family

∗ Apartment with services that come in and check on residents (make sure they are paying bills, cleaning, etc.) These are living support services, and they could be privately or publically funded.

∗ Housing unit program/roommate -- individuals live in a house or apartment building that belongs to a structured support group; caregiver makes sure everyone is OK at night, runs programs, etc.

∗ Group home (community integrated living arrangement) -- caregiver lives on site

∗ "Dorm-style," large facilities (institutional settings, very low level workshop living)

Step Two - Determine if Your Ideal Setting Exists
Once parents (or parents and their teenage children with autism) have identified an ideal living situation, the next step is to determine whether such as setting already exists or whether the family will have to create the setting. A surprising number of parents are involved with or considering involvement with the creation of a residential setting for their child with autism. Some are funding or developing supportive living situations; others are envisioning and creating work/home settings in towns, cities, and rural areas.

Often, information about adult living situations in your state or province is available thr...

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