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Housing Options for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

As children with autism age, it is necessary to think about how they will be supported as adults within the community. Interested in learning more about the needs of adults with autism and in doing more to improve opportunities for this community, the Foundation hosted a meeting on June 29, 2006 focused on long-term life planning and housing options for adults with autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities. The purpose was to engage a group of leaders in the disability advocacy field in an open-ended discussion regarding the various housing options that are currently available to adults with disabilities and to encourage an exchange of ideas regarding potential enhancements to existing housing community models which might enable them to better meet the special needs of this population. 

Ruth Aronson, Brandeis University

Edward Bruckner, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Keith Duclos, Side By Side Supported Living, Inc.

Steven Eidelman, University of Delaware

Marty Krauss, Ph.D., Brandeis University

Julia Landau, JD, Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Darline Lewis, JD, Goulston & Storrs

Mary Lewis James, University of Michigan

Elizabeth Sternberg, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Cathy Ficker Terrill, Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities

Nancy Thaler, Northwestern Management Services, Inc.

David Wyzanski, Specialized Housing, Inc.


The Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, Wellesley, MA