It should come as no surprise that there’s a massive housing dilemma for adults with autism and other youth with neurodiverse disabilities. After all, these individuals require care, attention, and comfortable living accommodations that allow them to live their lives to the absolute fullest – no questions asked. The issues that come with the housing dilemma have continued to develop and grow over the years, with not much in the way of solutions – until today.
Here at Neuro Diverse Living, we’re providing a viable future for lifelong living and housing requirements for those with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). But before we take a look at the solution, it’s essential that we first address each of the challenges that we’ve faced throughout the development of our solution.
The Numbers Continue To Increase
According to the US GAO, there will be nearly half a million youth with autism who will enter into adulthood just five years from today. What happens when they reach adulthood? Currently, the services that the United States provides to help adults with autism navigate the experiences of everyday life aren’t exactly up to par with this massive increase.
With roughly 87% of adults with autism living in their family home and another 35% who require 24-hour support. Within that group, what happens when their parents are no longer able to care for them? Where will they live? How will they maintain a steady quality of life? Remember, autism is real – and those who deal with it every day deserve to live a long, happy, comfortable life. And as these numbers continue to increase, there needs to be a pathway forward to ensure their care.
Government Provides Services – Just Not Solutions
Throughout the United States, the government at the federal, state, and local level provides critical services and support for those living with autism. Still, they simply aren’t equipped to provide the comprehensive living solutions that this population needs. At this point, roughly 3% of the US population lives with some sort of intellectual disability (IDD). This means that over 6 million -families in the United States need to worry about how they’re son or daughter is going to live. Where are they’re going to live, and how will they maintain a sound quality of life? Many adults and youth with autism are indeed able to live their lives independently, but so many require more comprehensive care. And the government simply doesn’t have an answer.
The Neuro Diverse Living Difference
At Neuro Diverse Living, we believe that this is a problem worth solving. That’s why we’re throwing everything we have at this problem until we’re able to finalize a viable living solution for the increasing number of adults with autism. Through our new model of safe and sustainable smart-home enabled personal care homes, we believe that we can meet this challenge head-on. If you’re interested in learning more about what we have planned, continue reading Parts 2-4 of this series.