Vacation with a Cause | Erik’s Ranch & Retreats

As part of a nationwide movement to create local housing and employment solutions, the mother of a young man on the autism spectrum started Erik’s Ranch & Retreats. In April 2013, the Minnesota retreat opened its doors, and a second location,…

Roundtable Develops Action Plan for Addressing Housing Demand

In May 2013, 25 experts from across the country joined a roundtable discussion on “A Spectrum of Possibilities: Decreasing Barriers and Increasing Options” sponsored by Madison House Autism Foundation and Purple Cherry Architects. Housing and disability experts, parents, and non-profit leaders…

Tragedy Shines Light on Policy Matters

Alex Spourdalakis, an autistic teen with very high support needs, was tragically murdered by his mother and godmother who attempted to take their own lives. Months ago, his mother pleaded through tears that, "He needs something simple, in the country,…

"Virginia is for Lovers" … of Residential Communities!

We were on the road again to visit and better understand two residential options in beautiful, autumnal Virginia: The Faison Centers of Excellence Compassionate Community and Innisfree Village. Both residential models are mission-oriented communities, or intentional communities,  where people with…

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