Note: THIS article brings us great joy! For years, many of us have been thinking about how and where our adult children with autism and other diagnoses will live. It's "easy" to say they will live us forever. It sounds good. It makes us feel good. But is it best for our kids? Hear me out. Look at Nick Sinacori's statement, "It makes me feel like a grown up." He's 26. He is a man. This might be the first time he has ever felt like something other than "someone's son." I've been thinking about how Autism Age, our formal name, can work on housing ideas here in Connecticut. Our state is very expensive. A newer two bedroom apartment in my area will cost a minimum of $2300 a month. SSI is around $800. Add $194 in food benefits and you're still unable to afford average housing here. For many, congregate living in not an option due to noise, sleep habits, and behaviors. I am always looking for people who have ideas and knowledge about grants, fund raising and how we can create models that work - for the men and women we call..... our children.
For nearly 20 developmentally disabled young people, the new Bear Woods apartments in Canton offer their first chance to live outside their families’ homes.
“I feel really good to be here — it makes me feel like a grownup,” said Nick Sinacori, 26, who until now has had to live with his parents at their house in Simsbury.
From the outside Bear Woods looks much like any other newly built apartment complex, but officials at Favarh believe it’s a model that could transform housing for the developmentally disabled.
They’re opening a similar complex in Bloomfield this summer for middle-aged and older tenants, and are hearing from other organizations for the developmentally disabled inquiring about the logistics, financing and day-to-day operations. Read more at the Hartford Courant.