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Residential Programs for Adults With Autism

Housing and Residential Supports Tool Kit, provided by Autism Speaks, Family Services.

Blue Cap
Residential Program
Marge Pyzac
2155 Broadway St.
Blue Island, IL 60406
(708) 389-6578
Cook County
Offers a variety of supportive living arrangements in the community for adults with developmental disabilities. Staff provides 24-hour supervision so that the people we serve gain independence in their own homes and in the community as well.
Ages: 21 and up.
Cost: call for rates.
Possible wait list.

Cardinal Cushing Centers
Contact: Michelle Markowitz
405 Washington St.
Hanover, MA 02339
(781) 829-1205
Private, non-profit therapeutic special needs boarding school for children and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities. Their staff is trained in behavior management techniques based on positive behavior intervention support (PBIS), a reward-based program.
Ages: 6-22.
Cost: soon to be approved out-of-state placement option for Illinois.

Cumberland Hospital, LLC
P. Gay Brooks, CEO
9407 Cumberland Road
New Kent, VA 23124
(800) 368-3472
ISBE approved. Provides specialized care for young people whose disabilities, injuries or lifelong illnesses are compounded by behavioral problems. Population served: male/female students with autism, pervasive developmental disorder, mental retardation, ADHD and fetal alcohol syndrome. Program's primary philosophy: cognitive-behavioral techniques.
Ages: 13-21.
Cost: accepts Illinois Medicaid.
Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

Genesee Lake School
Contact: Stephanie Koster-Peterson, admissions director
36100 Genesee Lake Road
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 569-5515, ext. 3141
Independent living skills and enhancement of positive self-image are the program goals for adult group homes. Sequential skill development training is provided in areas of personal hygiene, housekeeping, budgeting, menu planning, meal preperation, and leisure time planning. Day programming for school/work, medical services, case management, and 24-hour supervision are also provided. All adult group homes are licensed by the state of Wisconsin as Community based Residential Facilities (CBRFs).

Shayna Green
3504 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 400-8540, ext. 559
Cook County
Glenkirk Moraine Community Living Facility: provides the support of full-time staff while allowing residents to enjoy the independence of an apartment setting. Most of the individuals who live in Moraine have mild to moderate disabilities and work in the community. Moraine is located within walking distance of stores and other local community facilities, allowing residents to become active participants in neighborhood and community activities.
Glenkirk Family Living Arrangement: provides people with disabilities a unique opportunity to join a family and share in a home environment. Residents experience the comfort of a family atmosphere and enjoy the ability to participate in community activities.
Ages: birth and up. Eligibility: DD diagnosis.
Cost: funded by DHS.
Six-week wait list.

Hughes Center for Exceptional Children
Michael S. Triggs, CEO
1601 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 836-8500
ISBE approved. Population served: male/female students with autism, pervasive developmental disorder and mental retardation. Program's primary focus: self, family, and, community to prepare for an independent future through educational and vocational instruction and positive guidance.
Ages: 13-22.
Cost: accepts Illinois Medicaid.
Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Greer Ann Hamblet, program coordinator
4840 W. Byron St.
Chicago, IL 60641
(847) 390-1422 or (630) 664-8876 (emergency)
Cook County

Second location:
Shady Oaks West
16220 Parker Road
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 301-0571
Will County
Offers two intermediate care residences at Shady Oaks East and Shady Oaks West in Homer Glen for people with developmental disabilities. Its programs are designed to empower individuals to make their own choices, exercise their rights, utilize their strengths and express their needs. Provides support, services and encouragement to the residents to enable them to grow and live as independently as possible in a safe, home-like environment that is wheelchair-accessible and supportive. Shady Oaks meets Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmental Disabled (ICF/DD) requirements that are set by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Ages: birth and up.
Cost: state-funded.
Possible wait list.

Milestone, Inc.
RocVale Children's Home
Lisa Salazar, intake coordinator
4450 N. Rockton Ave.
Rockford, IL 61103
(815) 639-2960
Winnebago County
Provides long-term care for children who have a diagnosis of a developmental disability serving children in CILA's and the entire state of Illinois.
Ages: 6-22 years.
Cost: state and/or school funded; private pay available.
Current openings for males.

Milestone, Inc.
Adult Services
Tabitha Jindrich, intake coordinator
4450 N. Rockton Ave.
Rockford, IL 61103
(815) 639-2955
Winnebago County
Provides long-term care for adults who have a diagnosis of a developmental disability who served in CILAs, ICF and the entire state of Illinois. Day placement also available; three locations available.
Ages: 18 years and up.
Cost: state and/or school funded; private pay available.
Wait list varies.

National Deaf Academy
Deana Goldstein, CEO
19650 U.S. Highway 441
Mount Dora, FL 32757
(352) 735-9500
ISBE approved. Population served: male/female students with autism. Specialized program using the ABA and SCERTS model along with skill acquisition training. While the program serves individuals diagnosed with deafness and autism, they also serve those with normal hearing that are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Ages: 5-22.
Cost: accepts Illinois Medicaid.
Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

Project 1212
Julie Tracy, president
1212 Flournoy St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Cook County
Schedule to open next spring - Residential pilot project provides housing and fully integrated community lives for three young adults with higher functioning autism in the heart of the Taylor Street neighborhood. Residents will receive assistance and practice in independent living skills in a safe and supported environment. This pilot model will include the medical director and faculty of the Rush University Medical Center Autism Assessment, Research & Treatment Services (AARTS) Center. The AARTS Center staff and JMTF staffing partners will work to develop translational research metrics with the goal of developing additional residences so as to influence practice nationally.
Ages: 18-35.
Cost: the model combines waiver funds as well as private pay.
Two spots are available which is slated to open its doors by spring 2014.

Network 1212 Event
The newest Taylor Street Social Club coming to Chicago in 2014
Join us for pizza, board games and friendly conversation and learn how you can be a part of Network 1212.
For adults 18-35 with high-functioning autism or social/communication challenges. Must be able to come without family support.
When: Sunday, Feb. 16, from 1-2:45 p.m.
Where: Pompei
1531 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Contact/RSVP Ann at (312) 942-4450
email: or
Cost: $5. No cash? Come anyway.
Sponsored by Julie and Michael Tracy Family Foundation

The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago
Residential Program
Kristin Friesen
1365 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-7694
Cook County
Coeducational residential treatment program for individuals with Asperger's disorder/high functioning autism, and are in need of support for profound emotional issues. The school provides therapeutic and educational environment that recognizes their strengths and needs while challenging them to grow by achieving important developmental and behavioral outcomes. Major modes of individual therapy currently provided represent a psychodynamic perspective as well as a cognitive-behavioral approach.
Ages: 5 and up.
Cost: funded by school districts.
No wait list.

Trinity Services Inc.
Andrea Rau or Lisa Dillon
2081 Calistoga Drive, Suite 1S
New Lenox, IL  60451
(815) 485-4781 (Andrea) or (815) 485-6197 (Lisa)
Will County
Trinity Living Centers are located near Trinity's main campus. Three 16-person residential programs enable adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential. TLC staff provide assistance in achieving greater independence in all aspects of life, including social, recreational, personal care, and daily living skills. An outcome-oriented approach is used in planning for services so each individual's personal priorities are the focus of services and support. As an alternative to institutional living, the homes are constructed so that each person has his/her own bedroom and storage space. Each individual and his/her family choose personal goals, and needed services are identified, including nursing services when appropriate. Typically, several staff members are available during the day and evening hours to work with individuals in needed areas and to provide support for recreational activities, as well as overnight staff.
Cost: call to inquire.

Turning Pointe
Katie Todd, family services director
1500 W. Ogden Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 570-7948
DuPage County
Turning Pointe’s residential community will include lifestyle solutions for adults impacted by autism who need supports to live a more independent life. Our program will be staffed according to the level of support required by the resident, and is based on the concepts of cooperative living environments. Turning Pointe will provide assistance with transportation, food preparation, finances, and other day-to-day tasks, as well as provide a safe, supportive and social environment for adults with autism. Our program’s goals is the successful transition and integration of our residents into the community.
Ages: 22 and up.
Cost: funded by state/private pay.
For more details, inquire within. Possible opening date: 2015.

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