I want my son to be as independent as possible, so I am researching group homes. He's 13 and I don't have anything nailed down yet, but I know there is a farm about 45 mins from me that is for adults with autism, they work on the farm and pitch in to grow a lot of their own produce and they have to help out with chores around the house. It's 40K for a spot, but then his Medicaid will pick up and cover it from there on out. I know there are other options as well, but I want him to feel as typical as possible and moving out when his siblings are will be part of that. I don't want him any more than 45 mins away though because I want to be able to visit at least a couple times/week.
He will stay in school until he's 21 though, to gain as many skills as possible before moving on.
at 9:10 AM on Jun. 10, 2011