Note: Housing for adults with autism is as rare as a Texas Jackalope. Yet, this is the future for many of us: "Where will my adult children with autism be living?" We can't expect them to live with us forever. For starters, our children will probably feel like any adult, despite their autism, it's TIME TO LEAVE THE NEST. And we're gonna die. D. I. E. If our kids have never known anything but us and our homes, how the hell will they suddenly survive at 40 or 50 years of age thrown into a life with strangers? It's almost too much to think about. But it's reality. We need for our kids to live without us while we are still able to help them. And here's a dirty secret - WE WANT SOME PEACE! I'm tired, how about you? The best part of my divorce? I have 4 entire full nights of sleep a month. From Friday to Sunday I am just Kim Rossi. Not Mom. It's amazing. I crave this precious time. I'd like more but... well, that's for another book one day. Oh! and today would have been my 27h wedding anniversary Time flies! LOL! Congrats to the folks from 29 Acres. Let's cheer for them and see if we can follow their lead.
A groundbreaking ceremony Saturday marked the biggest milestone to date for 29 Acres, a planned supportive living community for adults 18 and older who have autism.
Located at 3000 Moseley Road in Cross Roads, west of Prosper, the Denton County development has been in the planning stages for about three years. Its first phase is expected to cost about $6 million.
The aim is to help adults with autism live independently and form a community, in contrast to many adults with autism who today live at home.
As North Texas autism community becomes a reality, the program seeks its first trainees
"The need in North Texas is just gigantic," said Debra Caudy, president and co-founder of the nonprofit 29 Acres and the parent of a future resident. "I've had calls from dozens, not only from families but [also] individuals with autism. I really get calls every day."
Autism is a group of developmental disorders that can fall on a wide-ranging spectrum. Some people with autism have only mild symptoms; others are severely disabled. Individuals often have difficulty communicating and some exhibit repetitive behaviors. Read more here.