Community planned for people with autism - autismtown

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A Dallas couple is planning to construct a $12 million community for people with autism on nearly 29 acres of land that was formerly a polo ranch in the Denton County town of Cross Roads.

It will include 15 homes, a community center and access to a “transitional academy” that is designed to help young adults with autism develop the skills needed to live and work independently.

Clay Heighten, a retired emergency doctor and founder of a real estate management company, and his wife Debra Caudy, a retired medical oncologist, are leading the project.

The inspiration is their 19-year old son, Jon, who is on the severe end of the autism spectrum and requires a high level of supportive care.

Both worry people like Jon have few options as adults.

“It’s about offering a choice,” explained Heighten. “We’re trying to create something that would provide an enriched quality of life, so that people like Jon eventually require less supervision.”

In October 2015, the couple invested $745,000 to purchase the land, and last year created a non-profit called 29 Acres to raise money for the project.

They have had $1 million committed, predominantly from a handful of other North Texas families who also have children with autism. The hope is to break ground on construction by the fall.


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Honestly, if managed well could do a lot of good on the higher functioning side of the coin.

I really like it's made to transition, for the people attending here they will be able to reduce the cost to families and tax payers instead of leaving em in adult day care, group homes and the such.

Picture this, Chris finishes high school and gets an apartment away from bob and blarb.


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CWCville is actually going to happen.

Oh man that community is going to fail within a very short time if they ever start it off.
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Unless it's just an asylum to lock them up in, shouldn't autists be exposed to normal people doing normal people things so they can model on that instead of other completely dysfunctional autistic fucks? Won't this just reinforce their autism even more?
It'll really depend on the model, frankly I lean to what you say.

Now if this is run well it'll be like real life but with some advisors to "phone a friend" incase things like how do I buy stamps becomes a challenge. If it's poorly run, tard camp inna woods... doesn't that sound like a great movie?
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