Texas Couple Spearheads Creation of Autism Community A Texas couple, concerned by the lack of available living options for their son with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), plans to construct a $12 million community for people with ASD on a 29-acre former polo ranch about 45 miles outside of Dallas. Plans include 15 homes for up to 56 ... News in Brief
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Texas Couple Spearheads Creation of Autism Community
The ASHA Leader, April 2017, Vol. 22, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.22042017.13
The ASHA Leader, April 2017, Vol. 22, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.22042017.13
A Texas couple, concerned by the lack of available living options for their son with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), plans to construct a $12 million community for people with ASD on a 29-acre former polo ranch about 45 miles outside of Dallas.
Plans include 15 homes for up to 56 people, a community center, and access to a “transitional academy” designed to help young adults with ASD develop independent living and work skills.
Clay Heighten, a retired emergency doctor and founder of a real estate management company, and Debra Caudy, a retired oncologist, are leading the project. Their 19-year-old son is on the severe end of the spectrum and requires a high level of supportive care.
The couple purchased the land for $745,000 and created a nonprofit, 29 Acres, to raise money for the project. Donors—primarily several other North Texas families with children on the spectrum—have committed $1 million. The goal is to begin construction in the fall and welcome the first residents in 2018.
The transition program, a key feature, is designed with the support of Jeff Ross, founder and director of similar programs in Arizona and California.
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