Achieving Independence: Housing for individuals on the Autism Spectrum
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Living independently is one of the major milestones which represents one’s passage to adulthood. Many people may take this step for granted and assume it is an inevitable part of life, but for many adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder this is not the case. 80% of adults with ASD live with their parents where they will continue to rely on their care. This situation has many challenges, but a detrimental one for the individual with ASD is fewer opportunities to form relationships outside of the family (find source). Living independently in a supported housing development can provide this population the opportunity for more social interaction while receiving supports needed for everyday living. This thesis will investigate the option of creating highly specialized spaces geared toward offering individuals with ASD more independent living within their community.