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I was just reading about an inspirational project in Prospect Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, aimed at helping young adult students with Aspergers and other disabilities transition to independent living.  The article by Alex Holmquist originated in Minnesota Daily.

The project led by ANSWER Aspergers Network Support, began when developer Dawn Chapman, from Firm Ground Architects and Engineers was discussing her own son’s learning disability with a psychologist, who said there is a huge housing shortage for people with autism spectrum disorders. Stepping Stone House will provide transitional housing for people between ages 18 and 26 with Asperger’s syndrome and other learning disabilities.

The dormitory style complex is intended to give residents the opportunity to learn how to live on their own while still providing them with 24-hour support.  It will be managed by staff from by staff from The Cooperating Community Programs, an organization that specializes in residential home care for people with disabilities.

Construction will begin as soon as funding is in place.

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AHA/Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association will hold its annual spring conference on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.  John Elder Robison, best-selling author of his 2007 memoir Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s is the featured keynote speaker for the conference.

The conference theme is “Issues in Independent Living for Adolescents and Adults on the Autism Spectrum” with a mission to increase awareness of the countless challenges and difficulties individuals on the autism spectrum face as adults and to assist in their independence. The conference will focus on establishing effective systems of supports and services from transition through adulthood.

The conference invites educators, professionals, family members and individuals on the Autism Spectrum to join in the activities which include workshops, panels, bookstore, agencies and resources throughout the day. More information is on the AHANY.org web site.