Adult Autism Support Tucson AZ

Local resource for adult autism support in Tucson. 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.

The Arc of Tucson
(520) 570-1295
P.O.Box 44324
Tucson, AZ
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Autism Society of America, Pima County Chapter
(520) 770-1541
1002 North Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Once Upon a Time
(520) 670-9010
1515 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ
Support Services
Other

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Arizona Respite Network
(520) 323-0886
1600 North Country Club Road
Tucscon, AZ
Support Services
Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting

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Priscilla Bade-White, M.A.
(520) 247-0779
3163 N. Avenida Laurel Real
Tucson, AZ
Support Services
Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Arizona Center for Disability Law- Tuscon
(800) 922-1447
100 North Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ
Support Services
Legal Services
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Arizona Autism Surveillance Program-CDC
(520) 626-3704
Arizona Health Sciences Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ
Support Services
Government/State Agency, Marriage & Family Counseling, Research, Research, Social Skills Training, 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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VSA arts of Arizona (formerly Very Special Arts)
(520) 795-6502
3321 North Chapel Avenue
Tucson, AZ
Support Services
Art Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona
(520) 324-3150
2600 North Wyatt Dr.
Tucson, AZ
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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University of Arizona
(520) 624-7070
Speech Language Clinic
Tucson, AZ
Support Services
Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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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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