Adult Autism Support Colorado Springs CO

Local resource for adult autism support in Colorado Springs. 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.

Jennifer Williams
(719) 535-8800
19 North Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Rocky Mountain Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center
(719) 444-0268 (T/TTY); (800) 949-4232 (V/TTY)
Meeting the Challenge, Inc.
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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The Resource Exchange
(719) 380-1100
2375 N. Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Other

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PEAK Parent Center
(719) 531-9400 or 1-800-284-0251 (hotline)
611 North Weber, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Children/Adolescents with Dual Diagnosis
(791) 596-2543
4441 Fortune Circle North
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Support Organization

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Linda L. Thede (Psychotherapist)
(719) 573-8660
225 S. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Floortime, Marriage & Family Counseling, Military Families, Play Therapy, Research, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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ARC of the Pikes Peak Region
(719) 633-4601
12 N. Meade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Early Childhood Connections (El Paso County)
(719) 577-9190
1120 N. Circle Drive, #19
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Early Intervention, Support Organization

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Child Find: DISTRICT 11 - Colorado Springs
(719) 328-2875
1115 N. El Paso
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Education, Other

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Pikes Peak BOCES
(719) 570-7474
4825 Lorna Place
Colorado Springs, CO
Support Services
Support Organization

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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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