Adult Autism Support New Castle DE

Local resource for adult autism support in New Castle. 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.

Autism Society of Delaware
(302) 472-2638 or (302) 472-2639
5572 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE
Support Services
Adult Support, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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Easter Seals Delaware and MD Eastern Shore-Corporate Headquarters
(302) 324-4444
61 Corporate Circle, New Castle Corp. Commons
New Castle, DE
Support Services
Early Intervention, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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Programs for Children, Ages 0-2
(302) 577-4647
Health and Social Services, 2nd Floor, Room 231, 1901 North DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE
Support Services
Early Intervention

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Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative
(800) 870-DATI or (302) 651-6790
Univ of Delaware - A.I DuPont Hospital
Wilmington, DE
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Disabilities Law Information
(302) 575-0660
Community Service Building, 100 West 10th Street, Suite 801
Wilmington, DE
Support Services
Legal Services

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SPARC - Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center
(610) 430-5678
413 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware, New Castle Corporate Commons
(302) 324-4455
61 Corporate Circle
New Castle, DE
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Birth to Three Early Intervention System
(302) 577-4643
1901 N. Dupont Highway 2nd. Fl.
New Castle, DE
Support Services
Early Intervention, Government/State Agency

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Community Legal Aid Society
(800) 292-7980 or 302-575-0660
100 West 10th St, Suite 801
Wilmington, DE
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Legal Services

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The ARC of Delaware
(302) 996-9400
1016 Centre Road Suite 1
Wilmington, DE
Support Services
Early Intervention, Education, Support Organization, 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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