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At Home With AutismDesigning housing for the spectrum$
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Kim Steele and Sherry Ahrentzen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307976

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307976.001.0001

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On the horizon

On the horizon

(p.171) Five On the horizon
At Home With Autism

Kim Steele

Sherry Ahrentzen

Policy Press

As awareness of the needs and aspirations of people with autism grows, new ideas and innovations that assist autistic adults live the lives they choose have begun to appear with increasing regularity. This chapter explores some of these innovations including what is currently under development and what is on the horizon. New housing types and living arrangements that move beyond the group home and residential placement are emerging spurred in part by an expanding self-advocacy movement that champions housing choice and self-determination. Increasingly, adults with autism are working with designers, planners, and housing and service providers to envision new living environments. Similar collaborations are beginning to take place in creating effective new smart technologies that enable autistic adults to live more independently. With innovations occurring almost daily, the opportunities for new technology to transform how individuals with autism live is substantial as long as it is used appropriately.

Keywords:   innovations, housing types, smart technology, self advocacy, informed choice, participatory decision making

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