Coalition for Community Choice

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The Coalition for Community Choice advocates for the human and civil rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, Down Syndrome, and other cognitive disabilities to be supported in the home, workplace, and community of their choice by educating stakeholders and policymakers about barriers to access and innovative options.
Comprised of organizations and individuals from around the country, the CCC addresses the growing national need for affordable housing and meaningful work for individuals with I/DD. The CCC does this by supporting legislation that increases the quality and supply of choices for individuals with I/DD in a broad range of housing, community, and employment settings.
We invite you to check out all of the advocacy resources they offer here on their website.

Supporters of the CCC

National Organizations

Camphill Association of North America

Devoted to promoting curative education and social therapy to persons in need of special care through a cooperative life, social interaction and spiritual activity based on anthroposophy as developed by Rudolf Steiner. The Association provides a vehicle for cooperation, communication, coordination, and mutual support among the constituent Camphill communities and their associated organizations.

Disability Opportunity Fund

DOF is a Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) operating nationally. We provide technical and financial services to individuals and organizations serving the disability market throughout the United States, with a focus on affordable housing, schools and vocational training centers.

Independent Living Experience

Independent Living Experience (ILE) is a customized support service for adults desiring a life of independence. Our team of dedicated professionals works directly with each adult to help them become their own self-determined advocate with the necessary skills to be successful within their living, working, and social environments.

Madison House Autism Foundation

A national organization working to eliminate barriers and increase opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum.

Spectrum Properties

Offer seller-financed single family homes to special needs residents for individual or shared living spaces to help more families find affordable special needs housing for their family members.

VOR

A national organization that advocates for high quality care and human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Arizona

Echoing Hope Ranch, Hereford

Echoing Hope Ranch provides services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in a rural, agricultural setting. Services include residential, employment programs, day programs, transportation, and community-based respite and habitation.

First Place, Phoenix

First Place AZ, a residential and multi-service community developer, is leveraging human resources, technology and the built environment to address the complex issues of residential concerns for adults with autism and others with special needs. Its first property, First Place-Phoenix is a new mixed-use residential prototype sited in the heart of Phoenix and poised to create a model for replication in other communities across North America.

Rainbow Acres, Camp Verde

Rainbow Acres, a Christian Community with heart, empowers persons with developmental disabilities to live to their fullest potential with dignity and purpose.

Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch, Cornville

A rural residential group home for adults with autism.

California

Allied Affordable Housing, Santa Monica

Allied Affordable Housing and its Partners will develop a caring community for adults with complex language, learning and cognitive disabilities. These communities will provide residents with quality, safe, affordable housing and an environment where residents may thrive and further develop their social and independent living skills.

Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, San Mateo

Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization currently focusing on expanding the limited lifespan care options for the dramatically increasing numbers of adults with autism.

Camping Unlimited – Camp Krem, Boulder Creek, CA

Since 1957, Camping Unlimited operates a year around recreational program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including a 10 week residential program and one-, two-, and three day events each weekend and occasional longer trips to fun destinations.

Casa de Amma, San Juan Capistrano

Casa de Amma nurtures the abilities and independence of adults with special needs. We believe that with individualized support each resident can create a life they are proud of.

Costanoa Commons, Santa Cruz

Costanoa Commons is a newly forming non-profit, community organic farm on 5 acres in downtown Santa Cruz, CA. Adjacent to the farm will be privately owned affordable housing for adults with developmental disabilities, integrated with newly built housing for the neighborhood.

Golden Heart Ranch, Hermosa Beach

We are dedicated to building an intentional residential community where special needs young adults can live, learn, and work side-by-side in a harmonious and caring environment that is emotionally and physically safe. GHR will have a robust vocational training and adult day program.

Life Services Alternatives Inc, San Jose

We’re committed to providing quality homes and exceptional programs for adults with developmental disabilities because we believe everyone deserves to live the best life they can.

Linda Stevens

Parent of a young adult with autism dealing with housing and adult programming issues.

Living Unlimited Inc

Living Unlimited is a nonprofit organization establishing and supporting communities for people with and without disabilities to live safe, supportive, balanced, fulfilling lives with dignity, purpose, warmth, culture and employment, while encouraging life-long growth and maximum self-sufficiency.

Moving-Forward Towards Independence, Napa

A residential Independent Living Program for young adults transitioning from home with a step up program to Apartment Living and a Community Living program for those who plan to stay in Napa, CA.
Our goal is to provide each resident the opportunity to live and work in the most independent situation as possible.

Noah Homes, San Diego

Noah Homes is a community campus residential care setting on 11 acres in San Diego, California. We provide safe and loving homes for 70 residents in 8 homes. With the support of staff and the community, our residents work towards independence and the development of life skills, community integration through work, volunteerism and social activities.

Peak Partners LLC, Greenbrae

Peak Partners is a consulting firm that is committed to creating high-quality, comprehensive, and integrated living and employment choices for adults with developmental disabilities.

Rident Park, Windsor

Rident Park is an innovative destination supported living community’ model designed to be replicable on a local and national scale. Our community is expressly focused on the grossly under-served population of individuals with developmental disabilities.

STAR, Inc

STAR, Inc. provides 24-hour care and housing for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

STIM Properties LLC

Real estate housing solutions and services accommodating adults with autism.

Sunflower Hill, Pleasanton

Sunflower Hill is working to develop sustainable and life-long residential communities for individuals with special needs as well as vocational opportunities that provide a productive and rewarding life.

Sweetwater Spectrum, Sonoma

Innovative Housing for adults with autism.

Truly Rich Group LLC

With one ARF in the Santa Clara area, we are making steps to expand and provide more housing options for people with developmental/intellectual disability.

Villa de Vida, San Diego

We are building permanent supportive apartment community for adults with special needs to live and explore life fully.

Vine Village Inc, Napa Valley

Vine Village, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide people with special needs with the same quality of life that should be the birthright of all citizens. To further this goal, Vine Village provides residential and day activities programs to people with special needs.

Colorado

Garden Inc, Littleton

We provide community based services for children, adolescents and adults living on the spectrum in Denver.

Rooster Ranch, Franktown

Permanent supportive housing and a healthy, sustainable and inclusive lifestyle to adults of all abilities, focused on a life without limits, that offers security, choice, purpose, and fulfillment.

Tall Tales Ranch, Centennial

Tall Tales Ranch is dedicated to providing a life sharing community where both people with and without disabilities can live in a supportive, cooperative environment that honors their individuality, celebrates their uniqueness and helps them to reach their full potential.

Delaware

Delaware Association of Rehab Facilities, Wilmington

Working with member agencies, state officials, legislators, advocates, self-advocates, and other allied partners, DelARF participates in shaping Delaware’s human services delivery system. Our mission is to support members working to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Families Speaking Up, Wilmington

We are a non partisan grassroots group of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends and caregivers.  We work to ensure that all voices are heard in the IDD debate.  We share our knowledge and experiences, advocate for and include our loved ones with IDD in decision making, serve as a unifying voice, and educate ourselves and policymakers.

Homes For Life Foundation, Wilmington

A 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising funds to build safe and comfortable group homes for men and women with I/DD.

District of Columbia

Integrated Living Opportunities (ILO)

ILO’s mission is to help families create intentional communities to facilitate networks of support for adults with disabilities to enable them to live independently.

Florida

Adonis Autism, North Naples

Committed to supporting families and individuals with autism by providing housing and services.

Bishop Grady Villas, St. Cloud

Bishop Grady Villas supports persons with disabilities to use their God-given gifts to achieve greater independence, physical and emotional well-being, and spiritual growth.

Casa Familia, Miami

Casa Familia is an organization started by 4 families who are very concerned about the future of their adult children who all have IDD. Our main goal is to develop and build a live, work, and recreation community in Miami Florida.

Els for Autism Foundation, Jupiter

Els for Autism is committed to better understanding the aspirations of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and helping them to fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives, through:
• Understanding the nature of ASD and facilitating the development and delivery of treatment therapies, educational programs, training programs, and recreational programs as well as residential and independent living programs.
• The development of global outreach that will facilitate the sharing of best practices and programs.
• Raising awareness and promoting the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with ASD.”

Loveland Center, Venice

The Loveland Center helps adults with I/DD live life to the fullest while striving to be a leading innovator in adult services.

Mariposa Foundation, Plantation

Our goal is to develop a live, work, play community option for individuals with developmental disabilities.

OCA (Opportunity/Community/Ability), Orlando

OCA-A special place for special needs children and adults in the greater Orlando area. OCA offers adult vocational training, day camps, after-school enrichment, social skills, therapy options, Special Olympics training and early intervention.

Promise in Brevard, Melbourne

Provide safe, permanent, affordable, supportive housing for individuals with a wide range of cognitive abilities in conjunction with social, vocational and meaningful employment opportunities to foster maximum self-sufficiency utilizing public and private partnerships to develop a model community.

The Arc Jacksonville, The Arc Village, Jacksonville

The Arc Jacksonville provides services, supports and advocacy to over 450 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in an array of community settings in NE Florida.  The Arc Jacksonville Village, an affordable independent living housing community, will open in the the spring of 2016.

 

Georgia

Annandale Village, Suwanee

Annandale is a community for adults with intellectual disabilities or acquired brain injury, offering a comprehensive range of residential and nonresidential services from independent living to skilled nursing care.

Carroll County Training Center, Carrollton

Assist people with developmental disabilities and their families to have and make choices that lead to valued lives through meaningful community presence and participation.

Peach County Association for Intellectual Disabled, Fort Valley

We provide pre-vocational training, supported employment, and community access services for adults with developmental disabilities.

Illinois

Angel Wings Foundation

Angel Wings Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those affected by epilepsy and allow them to reach their full potential by living independently in the community.

Libenu Foundation, Skokie

Libenu, from the Hebrew word meaning “Our Hearts”, reflects a heartfelt commitment to enabling Jewish adults with developmental disabilities to maximize their level of independence and self-determination in an inclusive community setting.

Little City, Palatine

Little City provides programs and services to individuals diagnosed with autism, developmental and intellectual disabilities. We offer a wide array of services that include a K-12 therapeutic day school, pre-vocational training, employment opportunities, an award-winning center for the arts, horticulture, recreation, and residential options.

Indiana

Apex Home Solutions

Since 2010, Apex Home Solutions has worked with healthcare providers in central Indiana in a commitment to providing safe, secure and affordable community-based housing solutions. Apex purchases existing homes and or builds new construction homes for our providers who offer residential support services to individuals who have a developmental disability. Our goal is to be the strategic leasing partner for providers throughout the Midwest so they have the opportunity to serve as many individuals as possible.

Hannah and Friends, South Bend

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs, Hannah and Friends offers residential and recreational opportunities in Hannah’s Neighborhood as well as grants for low to moderate income families to meet support needs.

Little Star Center, Carmel

The mission of Little Star Center Inc. is to provide a structured, child-friendly facility where children with autism receive individualized therapeutic intervention. Little Star provides an atmosphere where children, therapists, and families can interact, support each other and receive on-going training so that each child can reach their full potential at home and in a variety of settings outside of therapy.

The Village of Merici, Central Indiana

To provide options for residential living that promote a strong sense of community.

Maryland

Purposeful Architecture, Annapolis

Purposeful Architecture provides individual-centered design solutions allowing for safe and engaging living-learning environments. It creates buildings that support individuals with special needs at the highest level of independence.

Massachusetts

Cape Cod Village, Orleans

To meet the ongoing residential and community living needs of adults on the autism spectrum.

Michigan

AACORN Farms, Kalamazoo

AACORN Farm (Adult Agricultural Community Option for Residential Need) is a program committed to creating both vocational and residential opportunity for adults with autism/developmental disability.

Benjamin’s Hope, Holland

Benjamin’s Hope is a first of its kind community model designed to address the multifaceted needs of individuals and families affected by autism and developmental disability. A vibrant, interactive community where people with extraordinary needs realize a future of meaning, security and hope.

CCC of Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti

Residents, families, friends and supporters of individuals with developmental disability living in Washtenaw County, Michigan who want to advance policy that increases options for and decreases barriers to housing and employment choices.

The DD News Blog, Ann Arbor

News, information, and commentary for families and friends of people with developmental disabilities; support for choice, a full range of services and settings to meet the diverse needs of people with developmental disabilities, and for families and close friends of people with DD who advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, Detroit

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, human services organization that serves the entire Michigan’s Lower Peninsula with more than 70 programs sites, including adoption, a community center, foster care, family preservation, independent, assisted living and rehabilitation centers for seniors, skilled nursing centers, refugee resettlement and employment services, subsidized housing, and services for the homeless and developmentally disabled.

Special Dreams Farm, St. Clair Township

A working farm exclusively for adults with developmental disabilities to learn and perform a variety of  skills, make friends, and  get plenty of exercise in a fresh air environment. Our “farmers” perform meaningful work that develops self esteem, confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

Mississippi

The Baddour Center, Senatobia

The Baddour Center is dedicated to providing a model residential community for adults with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities in an environment that promotes maximum growth intellectually, spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally and vocationally.

Missouri

Advocates for Community Choice, Marthasville

Working to preserve the Marthasville Emmaus Home campus, which has successfully served I/DD clients for over 120 years, believing in each client’s choice for their living situation, and recognizing the Emmaus campus as a valuable and unique opportunity for community living.

Nebraska

Madonna School & Workshop, Omaha

Madonna is an educational organization dedicated to the worth and dignity of every individual as created by God. The Workshop is a Developmental Training Program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is part of our continuum of service that also includes a K-12 special education-only school, a Life Skills Transition Program for students ages 18-21, and Employment Services for adults ready for jobs in the competitive marketplace.

Nevada

LTO Ventures, Henderson

LTO Ventures is a 501(c)(3) non-profit company that develops live/work/play communities for adults with autism spectrum disorders.

Opportunity Village, Las Vegas

Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community, with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of their families.

New Hampshire

Farmsteads of New England Inc, Hillsborough

Farmsteads of New England (FNE) provides day, residential, transition, and respite services in rural environments for people of varying abilities. FNE strives to be a vital and integral part of the local community.

The Lukas Community, Temple

The Lukas Community is a year round, non-profit, residential community that serves the lifelong needs of adults with developmental challenges. Residents live within our four extended-family households, sharing in the daily tasks of living and learning, and benefiting from the experience provided in our craft studios, gardens, as well as from a rich variety of artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities.

New Jersey

Abilities of Northwest Jersey Inc, Washington

A consumer driven organization providing a full array of community based employment, day and individualized support services.  All services are provided in the northwest region of NJ and in a setting of the person’s choice…home, community or center based.

Autism New Jersey, Robbinsville

Autism New Jersey is the largest statewide network of parents and professionals dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism and their families.

Bergen County’s United Way, Paramus

We build homes that people can afford with a particular focus on supportive housing for people with developmental disabilities.

Bright Minds Institute for Autism NJ Inc, Jersey City

A Community based urban non-profit organization, designed to assist families who have a child with one of the five Autism Spectrum Disorders. We will offer counseling, employment and training for those in transition to adulthood.

Friends of Cyrus, Delanco

Approved service provider with DDD and DCF, serving individuals with developmental disabilities- In-home Supports throughout the state of NJ, Day Program and Residential Services in Burlington County.

Oasis tlc, Middletown

Our mission is to promote inclusion and acceptance of autistic individuals into their local communities by establishing environmentally exemplary farm centers that create meaningful work and peaceful healthy residences and community interaction.

Parles Rekem LLP, Spring Field

Parles Rekem is a law firm dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation of children and adults with special needs and their families.  We work to find solutions that best meet our clients’ needs and address their individual circumstances.

 

New York

Camphill Village USA Inc, Copake

Camphill Village is an integrated community where people with developmental differences are living a life of dignity, equality and a sense of purpose.

Carousel 51 LLC, Connecticut

I am the father of an 18 year old Autistic son and a real estate developer in the New York/Connecticut area. We are looking at a variety of long-term options with a leaning towards agricultural/rural areas for my son.

Homesteads for Hope, Rochester

Homesteads for Hope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community farm creating sustainable lifestyles, environments and futures for young adults to beyond with autism and developmental disabilities offering a special place to live, learn, work and grow in Rochester, NY.

Long Island Autism Communities, Deer Park

Providing consumer controlled supportive communities for adults with autism.

Pathfinder Village, Edmeston

An internationally renowned open access, planned community in central New York supporting children and adults living with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities.

SustainAbility Services Inc, Oyster Bay

SustainAbility helps adults with autism and other developmental disabilities with staffing, employment, and residential issues. Our farm project creates opportunities for meaning  community integration while helping people discover their power to grow in a beautiful and necessary profession.

 

North Carolina

BuildingABetterGroupHome.org, Mebane

Our goal is to develop “True Homes” for autistic adults where resident farmers can cultivate friendships and food over the long term. We hope to achieve a warm and loving environment where residents can enjoy an independent life.

Campus Furniture, Charlotte

Campus Furniture designs, manufacturers, and installs student housing furniture across the United States. We offer low cost, high quality, durable furniture designed to meet the contemporary taste of the millennial generation.

3 Irish Jewels Farm, The Triangle of NC

3 Irish Jewels Farm is a 501(c)(3) organization located in North Carolina, whose mission is to provide a planned residential farm community that offers employment and social opportunities by providing housing, vocational services, day programs and friendship for adults and children with autism. We are currently offering day camps for children with autism, social clubs for teens and adults with autism, educational workshops for the community, with the long-term goal to provide residential services for adults with autism.

Ohio

Bittersweet Inc, Whitehouse

Private, non-profit dedicated to supporting individuals with autism through residential, vocational, rehabilitation, recreational and educational services.

Good Works Farm, Miamisburg

We’re a farmstead community for adults with autism.  We also offer day programs and summer camps for individuals with special needs and their typical siblings.

Safe Haven Farms, Middletown

Safe Haven Farms is a working farm offering residential, day and community services to adults on the autism spectrum. Residents and day participants take care of animals, raise vegetables and flowers in two greenhouses and an outdoor garden, help care for the property and participate in a variety of learning, creative arts, life skills and rec/leisure activities. Our therapeutic horseback riding program is open to individuals of all ages from the surrounding community.

Oregon

Next Step Strategies Inc

This is a group of special educators on the board of a non-profit determined to assist individuals with unique sensory issues to live in their own home designed specifically for them in an integrated congregate community currently being planned with construction to begin in October 2015.

Pennsylvania

EASI Foundation, Villanova

EASI Foundation supports autistic individuals with dangerous behaviors and their families. We maintain an online resource guide, connect families, and educate caregivers and providers by organizing conferences and disseminating studies and articles relevant to this population.

New Avenue Foundation, Springfield

The mission of the New Avenue Foundation is to create more meaningful lives for people with disabilities and autism, and to reduce dependence on the government programs that now support these individuals. We do this by providing innovative housing programs, employment opportunities, and social activities.

South Carolina

Healing Farms, Mt. Pleasant

We provide day programming and supports to young adults with intellectual disabilities.

Osprey Village, Hilton Head

OSPREY Village, Inc. was formed in 2008 in the Hilton Head, South Carolina, area to develop a “neighborhood with a purpose” to support local adults with developmental disabilities so they can live as independently as possible in an inclusive, inter-generational community near their friends and family.

Tennessee

Brightstone, Franklin

BrightStone provides a God-centered educational, job training, social support, and future residential community for adults with special needs, expanding their potential independence and helping them develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Texas

Avondale House, Houston

A private, nonprofit agency that offers educational, residential and adult day services to individuals most significantly impacted by autism. Our mission is to provide children and young adults with autism the education and training to develop to their fullest potential.

Down Home Ranch, Elgin

With 80 full and part-time ranchers—32 of whom have autism, Down syndrome, TBI or another condition—Down Home Ranch is an entrepreneurial farm and ranch, practicing regenerative agriculture on 410 rolling, forested acres of the Post Oak Savannah in Central Texas.

Marbridge, Manchaca

Marbridge offers a unique full spectrum of residential care and training for adults with special needs from age 18 to the end of life. By creating a community where people can age in place, Marbridge offers residents (and their families) the security of knowing that they can have a college-like post secondary living experience or a life-long residence. Each of our four communities — the Ranch, the Village, The Villa and The Bridges—provides a different level of care, support and guidance.

New Danville, Montgomery County

A master-planned, integrated community where adults with intellectual, developmental and/or physical disabilities can Live, Learn, Work and Grow socially, spiritually and emotionally with their non-disabled peers in a caring environment.

Rocking “A” Ranch, Crossroads

Rocking “A” Ranch is a proposed residential community for adults with autism (and related disabilities) in North Dallas. We will serve the full spectrum of ASD by providing housing options and adult enrichment programming that will be integrally linked to our community’s social, economic and educational ecosystem.

Therapeutic Communities LLC, San Marcos

Therapeutic Communities is comprised of 3 residential programs in Central Texas, both urban and rural, that provides Life-Long Living options for adults with cognitive disabilities since 2002. Our person-centered approach focuses on developing an active, diverse, and enjoyable lifestyle to create a great place to work and live.

Vermont

Credo Co for Sustainable Living

We are a group of parents with common interest in our adult children to be able to live independently/interdependently in their own home. We strive to secure sustainable living for them.

Virginia

Vanguard Landing, Virginia Beach

The Mission of Vanguard Landing is to create a safe, progressive and self-sustaining community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.

Washington

Lakeland Village Associates, Medical Park

Lakeland Village Associates is an organization of parents, guardians and friends of residents of Lakeland Village, an RHC in Medical Lake, WA.

Olympic Peninsula Special Needs Housing

Dedicated to helping those with the intellectual developmental disabilities to live their life to the fullest while creating a family atmosphere that creates a better tomorrow and an atmosphere that encourages the participation of residents families in there day-to-day lives.

Stephen’s Place, Vancouver

Stephen’s Place is a unique, not-for-profit community, specifically designed to provide living solutions for adults with complex language, learning and cognitive disabilities, so they may live with meaning and dignity.

West Virginia

Autism Services Center, Huntington

For nearly 35 years, Autism Services Center has provided a lifetime array of services for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, specializing in autism.

Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children, Charles Town

It is a regional non-profit in West Virginia that supports our autism community by creating education, recreation, and job training/placement opportunities.

Jessa’s Place, Charleston

We want to create a caring community for autistic/DD  adults here in Charleston, WV.

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