This number is going to grow exponentially in the next two decades, as children with autism, which has increased in prevalence by nearly 100 times over the past 20 years, become adults. The Regional Centers are overwhelmed with the current numbers of developmentally disabled housing and services needed and as these numbers grow it will just get worse.
More and more parents are starting to be proactive and take matters into their own hands by banding together to start their own communities for their children. Some parents from Oak Hill School are doing just that. Current parent, Susan Riggle-Waterson and former OHS parents, Dan Lieberman and Miran Choi, along with Alex Krem (Camp Krem) are on the board of Living Unlimited.
It is my understanding that the mission of Living Unlimited is to provide an opportunity for families to connect to create sustainable, affordable and supportive housing communities for their children with special needs. The Living Unlimited (LU) communities not only provide homes, but also sustainable oversight to ensure that residents receive the care and services for which they are entitled.
These Living Unlimited board members held a presentation about their organization this past Saturday at Oak Hill School, to discuss the different housing concepts and explain the structure and mechanism of ownership in the LU community. It was extremely informative and very interesting! If you would like to get more information or if you know other families in your community that would like to learn more about this opportunity, please email Susan Riggle-Waterson at: firstname.lastname@example.org or look at their website: www.living-unlimited.org
Although Oak Hill School is not connected nor involved in any way with Living Unlimited, we do want to encourage all of our parents to continue to explore all suitable long-term housing options for when their children become adults.