Adult Autism Support Knoxville TN

Local resource for adult autism support in Knoxville. 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.

Breakthrough Corporation
(865) 335-3298
P.O. Box 52111
Knoxville, TN
Support Services
Other, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting

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Parents Encouraging Parents (Knoxville)
(423) 549-5244
East Tennessee Region, 1522 Cherokee Trail
Knoxville, TN
Support Services
Support Organization

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Autism Society of America-East Tennessee Chapter
(865) 824-2897
PO Box 30015
Knoxville, TN
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, 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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Open Doors Tennessee
(865) 437-7766
118 Coleman Lane
Powell, TN
Support Services
Camps, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten

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Tori Carraway M.A., CCC-SLP
(865) 335-1531
1036 Garrison Ridge Blvd
Knoxville, TN
Support Services
Other

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Holly Moses, MS BCBA LPC
(865) 584-8547
Knoxville, TN
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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East Tennessee Chapter ASA
(865) 637-3914 (leave a message)
P.O. Box 30015
Knoxville, TN
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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The East Tennessee Technology Access Center (ETTAC)
(865) 219-0130 (voice/TTY)
4918 North Broadway
Knoxville, TN
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Other

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Cherokee Health Systems
(865) 947-6220
7714 Conner Road, Ste. 105
Knoxville, TN
Support Services
Early Intervention, Medical, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Kim Cooper Consulting
(773) 706-7494
Knoxville, TN
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Assessment, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,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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