Adult Autism Support Columbia MO

Local resource for adult autism support in Columbia. 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.

University Autism Clinic and The Childhood Learning Center
(573) 884-2131
University of Missouri at Columbia, Dept. of Educational and Counciling Psy
Columbia, MO
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Support Organization

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Bureau of Special Health Care Needs
(573) 882-9861
800 N. Providence Rd. #210
Columbia, MO
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Early Intervention, Government/State Agency

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The Family Resource Network
(573) 449-8663
Park A Plaza, Suite 216I, 601 Business Loop 70 West
Columbia, MO
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization

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Judevine Outreach Services
(314) 874-3777 or (800) 675-4241
Central Missouri Autism Project, 200 South Keene St. S
Columbia, MO
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Residential, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Asperger Syndrome/PDD Support Group at Judevine
(214) 849-4400
1101 Olivette Executive Pkwy., Suite 150
Saint Louis, MO
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ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Activities, Adult Support, Advocates (Special Education), Assistive Technology, Babysitting / Childcare, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Doctor Referrals, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Independent Living Centers, Inflatable Bounce Houses/Parties, Job Coach, Medical, Other, Private School (Autism Only), RDI, Research, Research, Residential, Residential Facilit
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Missouri Congress of Parents and Teachers
(573) 474-8631
2101 Burlington Street
Columbia, MO
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Other

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DBTAC-Great Plains ADA Center
1-800-949-4232; 573-882-3600
100 Corporate Lake Drive
Columbia, MO
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Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Boone County Group Homes and Family Support
(573) 874-1995
1209 E. Walnut
Columbia, MO
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Respite/Childcare/Babysitting

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VSA arts of Missouri
(573) 875-2872
800 N. Providence, Suite 230
Columbia, MO
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Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency

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MPACT-Missouri Parents Act
800-743-7634/816-531-7070
8301 State Line #204
Kansas CIty, MO
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Activities, Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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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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