Dallas Innovates reported on Dec. 4th that 29 Acres is chipping away at it’s project to bring a supported living community, complete with a “state-of-the-art technology platform” and an 8,000 square-foot community center” to Denton County by 2020. The initial cost is estimated around $6 million and will house up to 32 residents with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD). When completed the community project will house as many as 60 adults. The model the community uses is similar to co-housing and incorporates minimalist design and living spaces tailored to its residents. It will feature a library and computer center, a teaching kitchen, a therapeutic swimming pool, and organic gardens.
Debra Caudy, president and co-founder of the community, said 29 Acres is designed to do just that. 29 Acres launched its Transition Academy last summer, which aims to teach young adults with ASD how to live independently. Through transitional housing offerings, courses on career readiness and independent living, and work programs, the academy helps these students transition into adult life.
ABOUT 29 ACRES
29 Acres was founded by a group of families who share a similar need: Finding quality programming and safe housing for their young adults with autism in North Texas. When our children with autism were young, our efforts were directed towards seeking appropriate care and therapies, privately and through our educational systems, to ensure they were given opportunities to learn and make meaningful progress. As a result, their children have grown up to be wonderful young adults. Most continue to live with challenges typical of adults with ASD, but have skills that can make a real difference in their lives -– skills that, if maintained, will allow them to successfully engage in the community, be productive at a job or volunteer position and enjoy friendships. Find out more on the organization’s website.