Adult Autism Support Richmond VA

Local resource for adult autism support in Richmond. 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.

Virginia Autism Resource Center -- Richmond Offices
(804) 674-8888 x 5162
4100 Price Club Blvd
Midlothian, VA
Support Services
Adult Support, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization

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VSA arts of Virginia
(804) 648-7310
PO Box 27862
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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Commonwealth Autism Service (Virginia)
(804) 355-0300
2201 West Broad Street, Suite 107
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Early Intervention

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State Department of Education
(804) 225-2023 or 1-800-292-3820
Special Education Division, P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Government/State Agency

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VDOE Autism Priority Project
(804) 786-9775
VA Dept. of Education
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Publications, State Resources, Education, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Commonwealth Autism Service
(800) 649-8481 or 804-355-0300
2201 West Broad Street, Suite 107
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Helpful Websites, Training/Seminars

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Parents and Children Coping Together (PACCT)
(800) 477-0946
P.O. Box 26691
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Partnership for People with Disabilities
(804) 828-3876
PO Box 843020
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Disability Advocacy

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Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Ages Birth through 3 (Richmond Office)
(804) 786-3710
Child and Family Services, Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation
Richmond, VA
Support Services
Early Intervention, Government/State Agency, Support Organization

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Parent Resource Center
(800) 422-2083 or (804) 371-7421
Division of Special Education and Student Services, Virginia Department of
Richmond, VA
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Government/State Agency, Other, 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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