Adults With Autism Struggle to Find Housing in LaVista

Posted on Dec 10, 2013

Transition-age individuals and adults on the autism spectrum are faced with several obstacles in obtaining housing, according to findings released by Autism Speaks, an outreach organization based in the United States.

The National Housing and Residential Supports Survey compiles online survey results from 8,614 caregivers and 379 people with autism, nationally. The report was released at the organization’s policy summit in the District of Columbia this November.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Over 60% of the 379 respondents on the autism spectrum report that they are living at home with their families, while less than 20% are living in their own homes.

  • Less than a quarter of respondents on the autism spectrum report that they are on waiting lists for housing services able to provide them with enough resources to help them live more independently.

  • Only 30% of caregivers reported having the resources to assist in financing a home for their loved one with autism.

Lisa Goring, vice president of family services at Autism Speaks, writes that the report underscores “the overwhelming need for more housing and residential support options and services.”

“It’s not one size fits all,” Goring said. “People with autism should have the same types of choices as everyone else.”

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