Help finding resources for residential programs that specialize in Autism

Question: Do you have any resources for residential programs that specialize in Autism?

Answer provided by a collaborative effort from Autism Alliance of Michigan staff. 

Finding the right residential option for a loved one with autism can be extremely challenging. Take time to fully research all available options and continue to narrow down your search until you find the best fit for your loved one. Also, remember that there are often long waiting lists (sometimes years) for residential services and placements, so start planning early.
Each type of residential program is designed to provide a different level of support for the residents and serve a variety of targeted groups, such as people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and/or mental illnesses.

Once you determine the type of residential option and support services that will best meet the needs of your loved one, you will need to consider funding sources. Typically, if you require state funding support, there will be a process whereby it is determined that home based services and living arrangements with family are not sufficient to care for your loved one. Individuals with autism are often eligible to participate in local, state, and federal programs designed to assist with the cost of residential housing and support services.

For additional information about specific housing options and models for residential supports, visit the Adult Services page on our website or contact an AAoM Navigator who can help you through your personal pursuit of housing options.