Adult Autism Support Washington DC

Local resource for adult autism support in Washington. 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.

Adult Autism Spectrum Friends
(703) 585-1039
Washington, DC
Support Services
Adult Support, Disability Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
Adult

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SEEC
(301) 576-9000 ext. 225
8905 Fairview Road
Silver Spring, MD
Support Services
Adult Support, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Job Coach, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Adult

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Specialized College Counseling
(301) 320-5652
6412 Kenhowe Drive
Bethesda, MD
Support Services
Adult Support, Educational Advocacy
Ages Supported
Adult

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Easter Seals Maryland and Washington, DC
(301) 931-8700; (800) 886-3771
4041 Powder Mill Road
Calverton, MD
Support Services
Adult Support, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Residential, Residential Facility, Respite, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC)
(301) 762-1650
751 Twinbrook Parkway
Rockville, MD
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Career Counseling, Early Intervention, Education, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Residential, Residential Facility, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Bonny J. Forrest
(202) 546-5286
705 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC
Support Services
Adult Support, Career Counseling, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Research, Social Skills Training, Support Group Meetings, 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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Autism Society of America- National Office
(800) 328-8476
7910 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD
Support Services
Adult Support, 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 Support Group of Fort Washington, Maryland (Yahoo group)
(000) 000-0000
unknown
Fort Washington, MD
Support Services
Adult Support, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, 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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The Arc of Prince Georges County
(301) 773-1135
1401 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD
Support Services
Adult Support, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Residential, Residential Facility, Respite, Respite/Childcare/Babysitting, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Coffee Break for Parents of Children with Autism
(301) 925-7050 ext 232
The Arc, 1400 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD
Support Services
Adult Support, Marriage & Family Counseling, 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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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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