Autism Speaks Awards $150,000 for Innovative Housing Options Three projects to develop innovative alternative housing and support services for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will receive $50,000 each from a crowdsourcing challenge launched by Autism Speaks and HeroX. More than 250 competitors from 63 countries submitted ideas in three categories: 24/7 support, daily support and weekly support. ... News in Brief
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Autism Speaks Awards $150,000 for Innovative Housing Options
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News in Brief   |   July 01, 2016
Autism Speaks Awards $150,000 for Innovative Housing Options
The ASHA Leader, July 2016, Vol. 21, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.21072016.11
The ASHA Leader, July 2016, Vol. 21, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.21072016.11
Three projects to develop innovative alternative housing and support services for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will receive $50,000 each from a crowdsourcing challenge launched by Autism Speaks and HeroX.
More than 250 competitors from 63 countries submitted ideas in three categories: 24/7 support, daily support and weekly support.
House to Home Prize recipients are:
  • Community Living Opportunities’ Neighborhood Network, Lenexa, Kansas (24/7 support), turns a typical neighborhood into a supportive community with a combination of trained staff and technology: smart-home technology, remote monitoring and social networks of professionally trained roommates, neighbors and families who live nearby.

  • JobPath New York City (daily support) has a parent collaborative that is creating a community for their adult children with ASD. This collaborative has proposed Pieced, an app—similar to those for dating or job-networking website—to help young adults with ASD recruit and hire staff who are sensitive to their special needs and well-matched to their talents and interests.

  • First Place AZ, Phoenix, Arizona (weekly support), is a mixed-use prototype for young adults with ASD that includes integrated, residential units where residents live independently in a supportive environment. In addition, a Transition Academy teaches vocational and life skills, and a leadership institute facilitates research, informs public policy, and trains professionals and parents to help young adults with autism thrive.

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