- Brief Takes
- Housing Workbooks
- About Autism Housing Pathways
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Developing a housing strategy: because Mom and Dad living forever isn’t a plan. Slides from a presentation at the 2017 Autism Society of America conference. Facilitator notes are here.
Thinking about housing: Webinar, May 21, 2020. Please note, the bullet point on Slide 3 that says “250 of the FY19 Turning 22 class” should read “250 of the FY20 Turning 22 class”.
Applying for housing for people with disabilities in Massachusetts: Webinar, April 14, 2021. Sponsored by the Autism Alliance of MetroWest.
Housing options for adults with autism: slides from a 2015 webinar hosted by the Autism Insurance Resource Center; many similarities to the “Thinking about housing” webinar.
Learning about housing: This presentation combines elements of “Thinking about housing” and our daylong housing workshop into a presentation for families who may not have funds to invest, and may be permanent residents, rather than citizens.
Applying for housing: A companion presentation to “Learning about housing”, which dives into the details of completing the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Universal Application, the Section 8 Centralized Waiting List application, and the DHCD Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program application. For residents of Boston, some information on applying to the Boston Housing Authority is also included.
Autism and the built environment — using design to improve outcomes: Presented at the Bridgewell “Conquering the Cliff” conference, April, 2016. Please feel free to contact us with questions, as the .pdf does not include facilitator notes.
Mass. living arrangements for persons with developmental disabilities An 2016 infographic showing potential funding streams for different living arrangements.
Autism design techniques — A cheat sheet Quick tips that draw on the design literature and the experience of Autism Housing Pathways members.
Translations of presentations and tools
Housing options for adults with developmental disabilities (in English and Chinese)
Turning 18 checklist (in English and Chinese)
Housing in a month’s worth of Tweets (in Chinese)
Learning about housing (in Chinese)
Applying for housing (in Chinese)
Housing options for adults with developmental disabilities (in English and Spanish)
Turning 18 checklist (in English and Spanish)
Housing in a month’s worth of Tweets (in Spanish)
Learning about housing (in Spanish)
Applying for housing (in Spanish)
Housing options for adults with developmental disabilities (in English and Vietnamese)
Turning 18 checklist (in English and Vietnamese)
Housing in a month’s worth of Tweets (in Vietnamese)
Learning about housing (in Vietnamese)
Applying for housing (in Vietnamese) — coming soon
Autism Housing Pathways has produced three workbooks designed to help individuals with developmental disabilities shape a housing vision. The first two workbooks are written at an 8th grade reading level and a 1st-2nd grade reading level, respectively. The third workbook is comprised of a social story/workbook, visuals to create posters with stickers, and a set of directions and a questionnaire for helpers. The workbooks touch on preferred activities, lifestyle and location, living skills, and being a good neighbor.
The workbooks were funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Development Disabilities Council, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Federal Award Number 93.630.
Ideally, individuals should complete the workbooks in conjunction with participation by themselves and/or their families, as appropriate, in Autism Housing Pathways’ day-long workshop, “Learning about housing”. The workshop focuses on assessing and applying for services and supports, and combining them with individual and family resources to develop a housing strategy. The workshop and the workbook make an excellent prelude to person-centered planning.
Links to the workbooks are below:
- Housing workbook — 8th grade level
- Housing workbook — easy reader
- Housing workbook — social story and picture stickers
- A note to helpers (including directions to create 5 additional posters that touch on skills and on preferred people, videos, music, and objects)
- Where do people live? (social story/workbook)
- What is special (stickers)
- What I like to do (stickers)
- What I like to eat (stickers)
- Where I like to go (stickers)
- Chores I do (stickers)
- A questionnaire for helpers
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