Creating a Supported Living Community for Adults with Autism
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the US.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have grown by about 800% over the last decade. As you read this, more than 3 million Americans have autism. And that number is growing at an alarming rate. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control estimate that 1 out of 88 children will have ASD.
To combat this epidemic, practitioners have focused primarily on early detection and treatment of children to help caregivers provide appropriate support. Accordingly, there are a wide range of services for children living with autism. But what happens when these children become adults?
A Creeping Crisis
Autism is a lifelong struggle for both affected individuals and their families. Over the next 15 years, 500,000 individuals with autism will enter adulthood. By 2030 the number of adults living with autism is expected to increase by 625% compared to 2010 figures.
As anyone who has raised a child with autism can attest the prospects for adults living with autism are bleak as very few adequate or adaptable services currently exist. Many young adults with ASD need round the clock support. When their families are not able to provide that support, many individuals end up in group homes, shelter workshops, and psychiatric facilities that are not suitable for autistic adults. Â For individuals without the means to access what little services are available, the prospect of becoming homeless, incarcerated or worse materializes as a very real possibility. As a society, we have to do everything we can to keep that from happening.
We can do better. We must do better.
The Necco + Ken Anderson Project seeks to establish a supported living community and national model right here in Cincinnati as a solution to the problems autistic adults and their guardians face.
As we create the Ken Anderson Community we envision a dedicated parcel of land on which to erect a supported living community that features housing options, a community center and specialized services including skills, job training, recreation, education, health, case management and more. Â We are building a specialized space that adults with autism can consider their home. It is a place that provides greater piece of mind for concerned families, greater quality of life for the affected individual and a more aware community-at-large that supports both.
We Need Your Help
Bengals legend Ken Andersonâ€™s nephew is one of those youth living with autism who will soon reach adulthood and cannot live with his family. Necco has been providing supported living services to young adults with autism for several years as an extension of Necco Center, its residential facility for boys just like Kenâ€™s nephew who live with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Both Necco and Ken realize the profound and immediate need to establish better living situations for adults with autism. That is why they have joined forces to launch the funding initiative required to move this project forward. You can help by donating to our cause, and by helping spread the word to others in the community who can provide the resources needed.
Donâ€™t just be aware â€“ get involved.Â
~ Ken Anderson
For More Information on how you can help please contact:
Bret Stockton Â | Â Development Director, Necco
Necco Corporate Headquarters
1404 Race Street, Ste. 302 Â | Â Cincinnati, OH 45202 Â | Â 513.381.1531