Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.  (Autism Society estimate, using Government Accounting Office Report on Autism 2007)

The cost of autism over the lifespan is estimated between $3.2 - $5 million per person. (Arch Pediatric Adolesc Med. 2007;161:343-349)

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities was at 14%, compared with 9% for people without a disability. Additionally, during the same period, only 21% of all adults with disabilities participated in the labor force as compared with 69% of the non-disabled population.(Current Population Survey. December 2010. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC) 


An expected 500,000 adults with autism are expected to begin seeking employment over the next decade as a tidal wave of young adults with autism age out of public school services and other programs.



“We are already at a crisis point, and this is just the start of the wave. As growing numbers of children with autism grow up over the next six years there will be a 78% increase in demand for adult services. These individuals often have strengths that make them good employees, but they face challenges in the workplace and need support.”  Laura Klinger, Director of the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children (TEACCH) Program at the University of North Carolina 

One in 45 children in Katy has been identified with
an autism spectrum disorder;

there is hope.

Adults Services:

There is a dire need for adult services as the autism population ages out of the public school system. Below are some resources to consider. Check back often for additional resources that may get added. 


Adult Resources & Services: 
Adults with Autism Resource Guide
http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/adults-autism


An Independent Me (AIM)
Vocational and living space for adults with autism.  AIM is a living experience for people ages 16 and older with developmental disabilities, will open its doors as a summer camp in Cedar Park on June 11, 2012. This extraordinary setting in Cedar Park, Texas includes a ranch house on 4.5 acres of pastureland plus a horse barn – a fenced rural retreat in the middle of this booming Austin-area subdivision offering opportunities from high-touch to high-tech. Campers can interact with horses, sheep and chickens and cultivate gardens; take art and video classes on site; and participate in camper-guided tours on YouTube, Facebook, and the Web. Participants can also elect to take classes at the nearby Austin Community College (ACC) campus. AIM will work with Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) as well as neighborhood restaurants and other businesses to provide job opportunities for campers. Transportation to and from school and work will be provided by the camp. An Autism Trust Company.
14900 Avery Ranch Blvd, C200 #266
Austin, TX 78717
512-656-6364
http://www.livingwithmeaning.org/

Autism Trust/Polly’s Place

Polly Tommey
8 Love Bird Lane
Austin, TX 78730
http://www.theautismtrust.com/pages/about-us
In 2013, The Autism Trust and Polly’s Place are branching out to the US- starting in Austin, Texas with hopes of providing individuals with an autism spectrum condition and related disorders an opportunity to develop vocational skills.

Our objective is simple: to create a future with purpose for children everywhere with autism. The concept is based on providing employment and training opportunities for young adults with autism.  The next phases of The Autism Trust involve building a new residential and outreach center where adults with autism and other related disabilities are provided with expert services to support their health, maximize their skills and talents, offer work and residential living and fundamentally to be healthy, happy, safe and to live a life that's not yet available for them today.

The Autism Trust in the United Kingdom is working hard to develop and build a new residential and outreach center where adults with autism and other related disabilities are provided with expert services to support their health, maximize their skills and talents, offer work and residential living and fundamentally to be healthy, happy, safe and to live a life that's not yet available for them today.  Extending and supporting work and vocational opportunities via an additional Austin based Polly's Place social enterprise boutique with a cafe that will provide desperately needed retail and catering work experiences. 



Autism and Employment: This is a guide for Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists. This guide discusses aspects of autism spectrum disorders that can affect an individual's job performance and how the job and work environment can be adjusted to accommodate. http://www.dps.missouri.edu/Autism/Adult%20Autism%20&%20Employment.pdf


Best Buddies of Texas
3550 West Dallas Street
Houston, TX 77019
713-525-8478, www.bestbuddiestexas.org
Since 1995, Best Buddies has paired students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with high school students. In the past, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have not had the opportunity to have friends outside of their own special education classroom. By introducing Best Buddies into public and private high schools, participants are crossing the invisible line that too often separates those with disabilities from those without.  Best Buddies High Schools also offers students a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills. With the support of school faculty and Best Buddies staff, students lead and direct the chapters in their schools.  For more information about Best Buddies High Schools, contact Best Buddies Texas, or click on this link: http://www.bestbuddiestexas.org/site/c.hhKSIXPBIqE/b.1381381/k.8F9D/High_Schools.htm


Brookwood Community
1752 FM 1489
Brookshire, TX 77423
281-375-2100
http://www.brookwoodcommunity.org/about/about-brookwood/
The Brookwood community campus consists of: Eight group homes, two single-family staff homes, a residential Inn, health and dental clinic, Worship Center, enterprise building, activities and administration building, 47 greenhouses, Gift and Garden Center and the Café at Brookwood, and several other support buildings.  Our programs serve: 110 resident adults (known as Brookwood “citizens”) who are functionally disabled and live at Brookwood 24/7. Another 80 plus adults participate in our day program. The range of diverse needs we help include people with autism spectrum disorders; intellectual disabilities; developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury; dual diagnosis; and/or aging care needs. We also serve as a resource for families. Brookwood’s outreach program actively shares our innovative concepts and techniques with other professional caregivers across our nation and around the world. Volunteers teach craft projects, help sell plants, work in the retail store or assist in the café.  Our purpose is: To provide opportunity through education so that Brookwood citizens will:

  • Acquire meaningful job skills and hold real jobs in the Community’s own business enterprises
  • Experience the pride that accompanies the ability to contribute to one’s own support
  • Grow socially, emotionally, and spiritually

Everyday Opportunities
5242 East 3rd Street
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 913-6286
http://www.journeyadventures.org/programs/everyday-opportunities/
Everyday Opportunities is a community day habilitation program that provides services that support our clients as they maintain academic skills, build employment and living skills, improve social skills, participate in community service projects, partake in leisure activities, and enjoy spending time with peers.


College Living Experience (CLE)

Bronwyn Towart, Program Director
11801 Stonehollow Drive, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78758
CLE is unique among college programs for students with learning disabilities.  CLE is a comprehensive year-round program in which students can enroll at any time. Students receive academic, social and life skills support while living and maintain their own apartments and attending classes. At CLE, students with Asperger’s Syndrome, autism, ADD, and learning disabilities master the skills required to live independently during their college transition program. Perhaps more important, they acquire the judgment to make sound decisions about daily life, including budgeting, keeping their apartment in order and shopping for themselves and their household. http://experiencecle.com/

Texas Workforce Commission/Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. The DARS Division for Disability Determination Services. Our mission statement: "To improve the quality of life for Texans with disabilities who apply for or receive SSA disability benefits, by making timely and accurate disability determinations." 
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/department-assistive-rehabilitative-services-program-transition


Down Home Ranch
20250 FM 619
Elgin, TX 78621
888-926-2253
http://www.downhomeranch.org/

They are a working farm and ranch, where about 40 adults and children—including 32 with Down syndrome and other disabilities—live year round, caring for 330 rolling, forested acres of the Post Oak Savannah in Central Texas. The principal Program at Down Home Ranch is our Residential Program, which serves people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDDs) in a variety of ways:

  • Residency: Village Life
  • Application for Residency
  • Vocational Training
  • Daily Living
  • Special Olympics

H.E.A.R.T. Program
6717 Stuebner Airline Rd., Suite 207
Houston, TX 77091

713-692-4279, www.heartprogram.org
Provides occupational skills training to low-income developmentally disabled adults residing within the city limits of Houston, Texas.



Houston Community College Disability Support Services
3100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

713-718-2000 or 713-718-5165
www.hccs.edu/hccs/future-students/disability-services
Accommodations for students with disabilities at Houston Community College.


Home Place of Texas
B. June Jones, M.Ed., Executive Director
5701 Louetta Road, Suite 400
Spring, TX 77379
http://homeplaceoftexas.org/index.htm
jjones@homeplaceoftexas.org
281-257-1004
They are a non-denominational Christian community for adults with disabilities. This Christ-centered community allows individuals to build relationships with God and others through worship, work, education, and recreation.  Their programs include: Bible studies, residential living, day program, life skills training, social skills training, jobs training, employment, volunteering.

Independent Living Experience
855-664-9333
http://independentlivingexperience.com/
ILE is dedicated to enriching the lives of adults with disabilities in their quest for independence. Each ILE client receives personalized supports from our team to assist in the process of creating meaningful and valuable circles of support. A circle of support provides assistance, guidance, relationships, safety, and community. It is a group of people who care about change happening for the client and who choose to give their time and resources toward working for improvement. The support group is action-oriented and is committed to working alongside the client to ensure a dependable and interesting community life. The more connections the circle of support has, the better able they are to support the client in significant ways. A well-functioning circle of support is a network made up of family, friends, and professionals. These networks may include the ILE staff, neighbors, family friends, friends from your religious fellowship, doctors, lawyers, counselors, association members, employers, teachers, coaches, bankers, and religious leaders.


Institute for Community Inclusion-Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Quality Employment Practices
It has been known for decades that individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including those with significant impairment or who have behaviors that others find challenging, can work when they are given appropriate supports.
http://www.communityinclusion.org/article.php?article_id=266


Marbridge
Will Hoermann, Director
2310 Bliss Spillar Road
Manchaca, Texas 78652
512-282-1144
http://www.marbridge.org
Marbridge provides a unique spectrum of residential care, education, and training for adults with various cognitive challenges. Our unique Abilities Centered Training program was designed and developed by Marbridge to serve our residents. The program helps residents set their own goals, make their own choices, and achieve their full potential. Offers summer camps for ages 16-30.  Resident diagnoses include (but are not limited to) mental retardation, Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Autism, Asperger's, Traumatic Brain Injury, dementia, Alzheimer's, Cerebral Palsy, seizure disorders, cardiovascular accident, stroke, etc.


New Danville (Texas New Community dba New Danville)
Kathy Sanders, founder and president
Physical Address: Shepard Hill Road, Willis, TX 77318
936-344-6200
Email: info@newdanville.org
http://newdanville.org/
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7181, The Woodlands, TX 77387

Texas New Community Alliance is developing and maintaining New Danville, a self sustaining, master-planned, integrated community where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live, learn, work and grow emotionally, socially, and spiritually with their non-disabled peers. Known as “wranglers” and “mavericks”, the men and women in our program participate in a variety of activities in a pastoral setting at New Danville’s Life Learning Center, an adult education and training center. Located in beautiful and historic Montgomery County, Texas, this unique community offers a variety of social, physical and educational activities and services including:

  • Product-based and job skills-training to promote independence and self-reliance such as woodshop, sewing, assembly, and gardening;
  • Life Enriching activities to increase self-esteem, emotional well-being, and physical stamina such as miniature horse therapy, beekeeping, cooking, art classes, golf-cart driving, YMCA and bowling;
  • Social and money-skills training reinforced with community-based instructional outings; and
  • Affordable housing for qualified applicants.

nonPareil Institute—Non-profit Technology Company, a Leader of Autism Solutions
Dan Selec - Founder / Chair / CEO
5240 Tennyson Parkway, Suite 105, Plano, TX 75024
Mailing address: P.O. Box 260652, Plano, TX 75026-0652
website: http://www.npitx.org/city/Houston.htm
email: Houston@npitx.org
Expanding to the Houston area in 2015. Location will be in the Westchase area of Houston, near Beltway 8 and Richmond Avenue. nonPareil Institute is dedicated to providing technical training, employment and housing to individuals who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. We hope to one day be partially self-sustaining from the products our Crew build and market.  Dan Selec had been thinking about his son's future for a long time. Having a child on the autism spectrum, he asked the same question so many parents ask; "What happens when my son grows up? What is out there that can help him today, in a practical and predictable way?" Dan recognized the interest, ability and passion many like his son seemed to display, especially in regard to PC’s and game consoles. If this passion could be harnessed in the form of technical ability, an entirely new method of communication, expression and productivity would be possible.  Read Dan's foundational nonPareil whitepaper, Technical Training for the Autistic Mind written in July 2008.


Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D.

President and Chair, OAR Scientific Council
2000 North 14th Street, Suite 240
Arlington, VA 22201
703-243-9710
http://www.researchautism.org/
A Guide for Transition to Adulthood is downloadable and provides solid information on preparing individuals with autism for life in the community. http://www.researchautism.org/resources/reading/documents/TransitionGuide.pdf

 
Plan To Achieve Self-Support (PASS)
PASS is an SSI provision to help individuals with disabilities return to work.
How does a PASS help someone return to work?
SSI eligibility and payment amount are based on income and resources (things of value that individual owns).
PASS lets disabled individual set aside money and/or things he or she owns to pay for items or services needed to
achieve a specific work goal.
How does PASS work?

  • Applicant finds out what training, items or services needed to reach work goal.
  • Can include supplies to start business, school expenses, equipment and tools, transportation and uniform requests.
  • Applicant finds out how much these items and services will cost.
  • PASS can help person save to pay these costs. PASS lets person set aside money for installment payments as well as a down payment for things like a vehicle, wheelchair or computer if needed to reach work goal.

How do you set up a PASS?

  • Decide on work goal and determining items and services necessary to achieve.
  • Can get help in setting up plan from a vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselor; an organization that helps people with disabilities; Benefits Specialists or Protection and Advocacy organizations who have contracts with SSA; Employment Networks involved in the Ticket to Work program; the local Social Security office or anyone else willing to help him or her.
  • Contact local SSA office; SSA work site to get a PASS form (SSA-545-BK) to complete.
  • Bring or mail it to the Social Security office.
  • SSA usually approves plans prepared by VR
  • If goal is self-employment, there must also be a business plan

Reach Unlimited, Inc
12777 Jones Road, Suite 103
Houston, TX 77070
281-469-8058
http://www.reachunlimited.org/index.html
They are dedicated to providing quality support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With the completion of Phase One of the Learning Activity Center (LAC), the agency offers the most comprehensive programs and services for people with intellectual and development disabilities in the greater Houston northwest. These programs and services include:

  • Center for life-long learning
  • Center for vocational development
  • Supported employment
  • Home and community-based services
  • Community service
  • Personal development
  • Recreation and fitness


Rice Disability Support Services
Provides support services and accommodations for all individuals with disabilities on the Rice University campus.
Allen Center, Room 111
713-348-5841,
http://dss.rice.edu
Mailing address: Disability Support Services, Rice University, MS 802
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005



Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes), click on link to go to the government’s website http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/: It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. This link will take you to the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (http://www.benefits.gov/ssa).  By taking 5 to 10 minutes to answer a few questions, you can find out if you are eligible for SSI or other benefits. (See also more detailed information on SSI Eligibility Requirements http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-eligibility-ussi.htm). 


Spectrum of Hope, LLC
Kimberly Wallace, Founder
Laura Brown Tolliver, Center Director
14110 Cypress Creek Boulevard
Cypress, TX 77429
281-894-1423
Email: kkw625@sbcglobal.net
Main Campus
11820-B Cypres
s Corner Lane
Houston, TX 77065
281-894-1423
Adolescent Center
11420 Cypress Creek Blvd.
Cypress, TX 77429
http://www.spectrumofhope.com/
Adult program services are now offered at Spectrum of Hope is Houston's leading Health and Behavior Intervention & Applied Behavior Analysis treatment center. 



Talk About Curing Autism discusses preparing for adulthoodhttp://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/preparing-for-adulthood/ 



TEAM Abilities 
1029 Pruitt Road
Spring, TX 77380
Day Habilitation 
http://teamabilitiesinc.com/

Our day hab allows for people  with developmental  disabilities  get the most out of every day. The Day program provides a warm, enriching environment that encourages the individual to celebrate their unique talents through recreation and community involvement. Activities take place both onsite and with community partners in the Houston area including volunteers at NAM, Houston Food Bank and other local missions.


Texas Transition Employment Guide: http://www.tcdd.texas.gov/texas-transition-employment-guide/


The Center
3550 W. Dallas
Houston, TX 77019
713-525-8400
http://thecenterhouston.org/
and
Willow River Farms
4073 Farm to Market 3318, Brookshire, TX 77423
(979) 885-4121
The Center, a private not-for-profit agency, believes all adults with developmental disabilities should have opportunities to promote choice, personal growth, and independence so they may achieve their full potential. The Center upholds this belief by offering high quality residential, vocational and day services to support our clients and our community. The Center Community is a vibrant, diverse community of individuals with varying developmental disabilities and needs. Currently, over 600 individuals make up The Center Community. The LifeCare program provides supports for Independent Living and Assisted Living residents at Cullen Residence Hall, existing residential clients within The Center’s HCS program, residents at a local nursing home, and residential clients at The Center’s Willow River Farms campus. In addition to working with new Center individuals and their families, the LifeCare program has increased staff support, thus providing more opportunities for individuals to receive specialized services from those they feel comfortable and safe.

  • Day Services
  • Residential Services
  • Vocational Services
  • LifeCare Services


The Center for Higher Independence
A Program of Providence Place
Terri Gutierrez, M.S.W., Director of Admissions
6487 Whitby Road
San Antonio, Texas 78240
phone: 800.842.5433 / 210-696-2410, ext. 132
terri@provplace.org
fax: 210-699-1866
http://www.provplace.org/programs/center-for-higher-independence/
We help young adults with disabilities gain the work, life and social skills to live independently.  Our Center for Higher Independence provides a campus experience where young adults with disabilities learn to take responsibility for their lives. They manage tasks of daily living in a way they never dreamed possible – shopping and cooking for themselves, cleaning their homes, managing their money – and open up bright new futures for themselves.



The Summerhouse

Donna Frugé, Executive Director
1814 Columbia Street
Houston, TX 7708
832-200-6158
Email: info@summerhousehouston.org
www.summerhousehouston.org
They are a nonprofit offering programs for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Some of their customized programs include; life transition, shred for independence—a business, design studio, and fun days outreach. 


The Village Learning & Achievement Center
3819 Plum Valley Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339
281-358-6172
Non-profit organization created to support the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities, and to create environments that help them reach their maximum potential for independent living.


Transition to Adult Life; Autism Speaks’ Transition Guide
Autism Speaks offers a free downloadable transition guide at Transition Tool Kit. Areas of focus include Self Determination, Employment, Adult Living, Social Skills/Recreation & Leisure, and Continuing Education/Life-long Learning. http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/transition-tool-kit


VAST Academy—Houston Community College
Department Office
1301 Alabama Street, Suite 101
Houston, TX 77004
713 718-6832
http://vast.hccs.edu/
VAST Academy provides post-secondary transition programs and comprehensive support services which lead to meaningful credentials, employment and independence for differently-abled individuals. Opportunities include vocational certificates, pre-college and freshman success “bridge” courses, career readiness credentials, internships and employment assistance offered through an inclusive, relevant and affordable avenue.

VAST Academy will be:

  • A post-secondary, “affordable” program of choice, for “differently abled” individuals seeking workforce certificates and academic advancement, leading to professional careers, employment and independence.
  • Known for its innovative and “cutting-edge” programs, certificates and technology.
  • An integral part of the economic and educational life of the community through its collaborative partnerships.
  • A technical resource model, sharing best practices with community colleges and institutions seeking to develop similar model programs.


Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Their web site focusing on issues and strategies for improving employment outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). http://www.autism.sedl.org/



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