There are many on the spectrum who fall through the cracks because they are “not disabled enough” to get Medicaid supports, yet they cannot make the move on their own, therefore are stuck at home with Mom and Dad. To fill this gap, many private-pay transitional programs have begun to meet this need. Typically participants are part of the program for 1 – 5 years with the goal to learn the skills to move into their own place. You can explore these options by using the ‘Transitional / Collegiate’ filter in the AHN Housing Directory.
Another option is exploring recruiting a neurotypical roommate or two for a Shared Living arrangement. It would be important to outline what kind of natural supports they would provide in exchange for reduced rent and/or a small stipend. Helpful filters in the AHN Resource Directory may be “Staff Development”, “Tools for Life Skills”, and “Semi-Independent Living Solutions”.
Places to find a roommate? Check in with friends from high school, recommendations from friends and family, contacting your local university’s, community colleges, and faith-communities are also good places to start!