Resources: Residential Communities
In-Depth Visits to Innovative Residential Communities
Desiree Kameka, Director of Community Education & Advocacy at Madison House Autism Foundation travels the country researching housing issues for adults with special needs. In this role, she visits a variety of residential communities and social enterprises, frequently sharing her stories of these unique communities in the Madison House Autism Foundation blog.
As Ms. Kameka posts these in-depth reviews, we will add links to these articles. We hope you find them as interesting and compelling as we have; and that it will spark everyone's creativity about the incredible range of innovations in residential and community options (both urban and rural) that ARE possible for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) when we allow ourselves to think outside the box.
Thank you Desiree for allowing us to share your videos and essays with the DHR community.
Tour a Community of 40 Neighbors with I/DD, February/2016
In 2013, in the middle of a New Jersey suburb, a small apartment building was built to offer a supportive housing options to about 40 residents with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). Those who live there choose from either a one bedroom or two bedroom unit each with a living room, spacious bathroom, a small kitchenette, cable, internet, and telephone. There is no set schedule for any resident; some residents have jobs in the community, others volunteer with local charities or are working with vocational rehab to access employment opportunities. Residents live the life they want to live and go about their day with self-directed supports as needed.
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Residential Communities for Adults with Special Needs
Note: These communities are listed in alphabetical order.
The principal goal of Aldersgate Enrichment Center is to provide an innovative and Christian community for people with limited but special abilities.
"Their Community... With Our Help. Annandale offers a comprehensive range of residential and non-residential programs and services to help men and women lead lives that reflect quality, value, self worth, and achievement."
Autism Housing Network, throught the USA a project of the Madison House Autism Foundation
"Bringing together the best ideas in housing for adults with autism and other intellectual / developmental disabilities": view an array of housing models, get connected with others, discover resources, and start learning.
"A community for adults with intellectual disabilities. The Baddour Center is a magical place where men and women have the opportunity to build productive, meaningful lives, despite their challenges. The Baddour Center is an environment where individual potential is defined by character and God-given talent, not by limitations. "
"Through the Grace of God, The Brookwood Community provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging, and demands dignity and respect for adults with special needs. "
"Camphill is dedicated to creating communities where the values of service, sharing, spiritual nourishment, and recognition of each individual's gifts and contributions offer a model of renewal for the wider society."
The mission of CARC, Inc., is to provide services for people with special needs that enable them to be active citizens, feel accepted, and find meaning in life.
"Providing residential care, training and meaningful jobs...to assist developmentally disabled individuals achieve their full potential in a Christian environment."
"Lambs Farm is a place that, most importantly, empowers an extraordinary group of people with developmental disabilities to lead personally fulfilling lives."
"Christian communities where people with developmental disabilities share life together as a family with non-disabled people called team members."
"Marbridge provides a unique spectrum of residential care, education, and training for adults with various cognitive challenges."
"Offering a wide range of programs on our campus and in the community at-large to meet the diverse needs of persons with developmental disabilities."
"Discovering a world of independence, a life of possibilities. The Mission Project enables capable adults with developmental or cognitive disabilities to live independently and safely in community with minimal support."
"Committed to creating a nurturing home for those entrusted to our care ... a place where there is understanding ... a place of opportunities ... a place where each life may find meaning."
"Rainbow Acres is the Southwest's premier Christian community for adults with developmental disabilities. At Rainbow, your loved one receives the finest care and enjoys a beautiful, state-of-the-art campus amid the scenic beauty of Arizona's Verde Valley."
"Our mission is to provide residential living, services and support programs for other-abled adults in a peaceful and loving Midwestern community. We strive to accomplish this mission through recognizing, respecting, and providing for the uniqueness of each individual."
"Offering a rural, family style lifestyle for adults with developmental disabilities... founded on the principle that every individual has value and something to contribute to the community."