We can change the reality of what exists with a future for adults with autism that includes a community where:
- An adult with ASD is supported to freely move around and not be in danger.
- Purposeful programming and the goal of greater independence is the standard.
- Exercise and choosing healthier food options can be a part of every day and accessing quality medical care is the norm.
- Adults with ASD can have friends and feel a sense of well being and belonging.
- Persons with ASD have a clear path to their local communities so they can be around the people, places and activities they choose and that make them happy.
- Adults are encouraged to look for employment (or a volunteer opportunity) that matches their strengths and interests and are fully supported to be successful so they may feel productive and self-fulfilled.
The Difference It Will Make
Through the support of our donors will we create an environment where we engage adults in ongoing learning, meaningful employment and robust social interactions that provide continuous growth in a safe environment.
You can help us to:
Demonstrate improvement in Quality of Life (QOL) as measured by joy and self-fulfillment and other QOL indicators.
Connect adults with ASD to their local communities and help them foster true friendships among peers, staff and neighbors.
Reduce the incidence of depression and feelings of loneliness and not belonging. The amount of medications adults with ASD are prescribed for depression and disruptive behavior can be mitigated.
Emphasize the importance of health and fitness and encourage participation in recreational activities, aerobic sports and exercises. We can introduce healthy food options as a replacement for foods with less nutritional value. Healthier lifestyles can become a way of life in our community.
Further improve healthcare for adults with ASD by partnering with local medical professionals and tertiary medical centers so ongoing medical care is more easily accessible.
Create a culture of empowerment for employed and volunteer staff by improving education and training opportunities coupled with better compensation and work conditions.
Work with educational and training programs in the community and specifically at the University of North Texas to bring the most current best practices to the program and an ever replenished group of eager, energized and compassionate paid and volunteer workers.
Further research in adults with ASD by actively pursuing opportunities to collaborate with our local universities and other organizations.
We believe the programs and environment at 29 Acres will result in less attendant care over a lifetime and a greater probability of productive work, resulting in net positive earned income and that the societal cost in expended dollars alone can be reduced in the context of a more full and rich daily life for an adult with ASD.