After age 21, young adults with autism across the country are plunged into an uncertain world as they age out of federally mandated public school supports. The integrated community of teachers, therapists, behavior supports, and peers that has been the foundation for learning, acceptance, and growth suddenly dissolves over night.
As it stands today, though some of our friends with autism may fare better than others, each faces unique challenges as a result of the often inadequate response by our society to fully integrate adults on the spectrum into the fabric of our shared life.
The #imagine21 series invites viewers to catch an intimate glimpse into just a few of these lives. It aims to help us resist the tendency we have to make assumptions about a large group of diverse people. Is asks us to walk in their shoes. It dares us to imagine what the world could be for our friends with #AutismAfter21.
There is no single answer that will help every adult on the spectrum achieve their greatest potential because each person is unique. We all need different kinds of support from our community to live our best lives. It takes the genuine embrace of an entire community to ensure that each of it’s members, regardless of their differences, can fully participate and contribute in the co-creation of a world where we can all thrive.
As we post each film, please share them on social media with the hashtags #Imagine21 and #AutismAfter21.
If you’d like to support this project, consider a donation to Madison House Autism Foundation. We can’t do this without you!
"One Size Does Not Fit All: A Virtual Tour of Housing Options" is a in-depth presentation on the various housing options available for adults on the autism spectrum created by our Director of Community Education & Advocacy, Desiree Kameka.
In Part 1, Desiree covers the past and present housing landscape for individuals with disabilities.
In Part 2, Desiree makes note of some of the common obstacles and challenges we face as we seek to create adequate housing solutions for a better future.
In Part 3, Desiree introduces several diverse and innovative housing models springing up throughout the country. Part 3 is divided into 3 segments:
3.1 explores transitional, post-secondary, and single-family home housing models.
3.2 explores multi-family planned communities.
3.3 explores live-work-play communities and concludes the series.
This presentation was sponsored by Madison House Autism Foundation and is made possible by generous supporters like you. If you find educational information such as this beneficial, please consider donating to Madison House Autism Foundation today.
For access to more free resources visit and join the Autism Housing Network at www.autismhousingnetwork.org
In 2014, Madison House Autism Foundation was gifted the equity in a beautiful farm in the Agricultural Reserve in Montgomery County, Maryland just 30 miles from Washington D.C.
Madison Fields provides us with the chance to model a new kind of community that fully integrates those among us who are often left on the sidelines of social engagement and opportunity.
We have big plans for Madison Fields, but this property comes with the burden of a mortgage. Community buy-in and support is essential if we are to realize our vision for a self-sustainable agricultural hub where everyone, regardless of their differences, can connect, learn, and contribute.
We've begun with community engagement and programing focused on the underserved in our community. We offer therapeutic riding, equine-assisted learning, agricultural education, job training, and a myriad of volunteer opportunities.
With enough support, we hope to utilize 10 large designated housing lots to build an intentional nerodiverse agrihood where people with and without disabilities can live and build community together. Our hope to model for the country what community can look like when we recognize and integrate *all* ability.
Visit our website at www.madisonfields.org for more information.
Consider a contribution to help us realize this vision.