Adult Autism Support Fresno CA

Local resource for adult autism support in Fresno. 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.

Barbara Lundeen, PhD
(559) 222-2555
2733 E. Garland Ave.
Fresno, CA
Support Services
Medical

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Central California Chapter: Autism Society of America
(559) 227-8991
PO Box 13213
Fresno, CA
Support Services
Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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ACES, inc. - Central San Joaquin Valley
(559) 275-0559
4201 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 106
Fresno, CA
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ABA, Therapy Services, Therapy Providers

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Goodfellow Occupational Therapy Services
(559) 228-9100
2505 W Shaw Ave., Building A
Fresno, CA
Support Services
Speech & Language, Therapy Providers

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Central Valley Regional Center (Fresno Office)
(559) 276-4300
4615 N. Marty Ave.
Fresno, CA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization

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Exceptional Parents Unlimited
(559) 229-2000
4440 N. First Street
Fresno, CA
Support Services
Support Organization

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Center for Autism & Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) Fresno, CA
(559) 255-5900
4928 E. Clinton Way Suite 105
Fresno, CA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Armista Howard
(559) 229-1540
7600 N. Ingram, Ste. 103
Fresno, CA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers

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Central Valley Regional Center
(559) 274-4300
5168 N. Blyth Ave. Ste. 101
Fresno, CA
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Government/State Agency, State Resources, Regional Centers/Early Intervention Agency

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Goodfellow Occupational Therapy Services
(559) 449-0479
8427 N. Millbrook, #110
Fresno, CA
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language, Therapy Providers

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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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