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News: AFAA is proud to release its position statement on Housing policy for adults with autism. The statement reads, in part:
Our vision is to increase the number of housing options available to adults with autism and other developmental disabilities by advancing new residential prototypes that consider innovation, individuality, community integration and choice while balancing economic realities.
Read the entire AFAA position statement on Housing policy here.
Mission: AFAA is a national consortium of organizations working together, led by the vision of individuals with autism and their families, to promote a collaborative spirit and develop both public and private sector support that improve the lives of adults living with autism.
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**Introducing: AFAA Applauds Inaugural Winners!**
Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) has selected the inaugural winners of AFAA Applauds, a national initiative recognizing the most promising support programs in the country for adults living with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). AFAA will promote these winning programs as cutting-edge models for other organizations to replicate. The goal is to meet the increased demand for effective services, provide accurate information on promising practices and generate awareness about ASDs and adult concerns.
Through a competitive application process, AFAA selected six organizations for exemplary results-oriented employment, residential support and community life programs that improve life experiences and outcomes for adults living with autism. Each AFAA Applauds winner will receive a $5,000 grant for the development of a video about the program to be released in April. Click here to learn more about the winners!
Autism Speaks names “Postsecondary Education and Employment Among Youth With an Autism Spectrum Disorder” as one of the Top Ten Autism Research Advances of 2012! Published in June’s issue of Pediatrics, this impactful report comes from lead investigator Paul Shattuck, Ph.D., of Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work, in St. Louis. Congratulations to Dr. Shattuck and his team!
Governor Perry Appoints Hundley and Turner to TX State Independent Living Council. Anna Hundley is executive director of the Autism Treatment Centers of Texas, a member of AFAA's Leadership Council. AFAA proudly congratulates her! Read more about Anna's appointment here.
Attention! Compared with youth with other disabilities, young adults with ASD face a disproportionately difficult time navigating work and educational opportunities after high school, finds a new study by Paul Shattuck, PhD, from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Click here to read more about this study, and check our News page for articles in the news related to these findings.
Update: Autism Prevalence Rises to 1 in 88
News: New Research Finds Annual Cost of Autism Has More Than Tripled to $126 Billion in the U.S.
News: ARCH has recently published its Federal Funding and Support Opportunities for Respite, 2012. Written by Susan Dougherty and Jill Kagan, this guide provides basic information about each of the federal programs that can provide respite funding or support. Find the guide here.
News: Autism Speaks, Managing Partner of AFAA, has launched their Housing and Residential Supports Portal and Tool Kit, a new online tool offering reliable, actionable information to help secure appropriate residential supports and services for adults with autism! To visit the web portal, click here. Read the new tool kit here.
Federal Housing and Urban Development Funding Allocations Announced
HHS and FDA to Host Virtual Hiring Event November 3
President Obama issue a proclamation in recognition National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is October. Read the proclamation here.
Spotlight on AFAA Steering Committee Member Linda Walder Fiddle from New Jersey Monthly:
**US Labor Department awards more than $21 million in Disability Employment Initiative funding to 7 states! Click here to read more!
**Click here to read Autism Speaks Executive Vice President Peter Bell's NJ Spotlight essay: A Vision for New Jersey's Autism Community.
The Final Report from the AFAA Congressional Briefing is now available! Click here to read about the briefing that took place in Washington, DC in July 2010.
Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) is a national consortium seeking to create meaningful futures for adults with autism that include homes, jobs, recreation, friends and supportive communities.
President Obama’s Federal Budget for the Fiscal Year 2012 allocated funding to various programs and initiatives designed to help “Win the Future for People with Disabilities." These proposals include: expanding autism research, increasing support for workers with disabilities, and expanding funding for the education of children with disabilities. Click here to read more.
On July 15th, 2010, AFAA hosted a Congressional briefing in Washington, DC that brought together federal legislators, national policymakers and advocates for adults with autism – including individuals who have autism – to discuss priorities for action in the public and private sectors that address the increasing and unmet demand for effective services for adolescents and adults with the disorder.
Click here to learn more about the Congressional briefing.
Below is a preview clip that includes the highlights of the briefing.
To view more videos from the Congressional Briefing, including videos of each of the panels and remarks from the honorary co-chairs, Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Mike Doyle, please see the Congressional Briefing Videos page.
To read about Joey Rosenbloom, a young man with autism who testified at the briefing, visit the Autism Speaks blog.
Click here to view the legislative agenda proposed by AFAA at the Congressional Briefing on July 15th.
On November 13th, 2009, Americans came together across 16 sites to create a policy agenda for addressing the needs of adults with autism. AFAA has just released the executive summary from the National Town Hall, which will serve as a guide for the Congressional briefing. The executive summary features feedback and input from the National Town Hall participants and strategies to address needs in four critical areas: housing, employment, community life and cross-cutting strategies. It also includes a five-year vision for each focus area.
**Click here to view the Executive Summary of the National Town Hall!**
You can also view the preliminary report of the general themes, discussions and statistics that came out of the National Town Hall here.
This unique national consortium has united to set national priorities for adults on the autism spectrum and to transform public policy and programming for teens and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Questions? Contact us at AFAA@autismspeaks.org or (917) 475-5071