October 21, 2020 | Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD
When children are diagnosed with autism, our nation invests generously in services to help to promote learning and to develop their unique talents and interests. But when children with autism become adults with autism, that help vanishes.
This year, we are calling attention to the vital role that housing plays in the lives of adults with autism and related disabilities. We believe that a place to live, an opportunity to participate, and a community that is supportive are critical elements for well-balanced, meaningful lives. In absence of appropriate supportive housing options, most adults with autism will live in their parents’ home until their parents can no longer provide care and shelter. A lack of inclusive planning and careful consideration produces immense personal and familial trauma, significant opportunity costs for our communities, and an inflated economic cost to the state. The failure to acknowledge and respond to these realities ensures that some of these adults will even experience homelessness.
In order to take corrective action, it is vital that we become educated about the unique strengths and struggles that accompany a diagnosis of autism throughout the entire lifespan. Without urgent collective action on the part of communities, policy makers, and employers we will be unable to respond sufficiently to address a growing crisis.
Join our distinguished speakers in calling attention to the barriers adults with autism are facing and in celebration of the abilities they have to share at our Autism After 21 Day Breakfast from 7:30AM-9:30AM on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.
Builder Sponsor | $1,000
In the 13 years since it was established, Madison House Autism Foundation has emerged as a leading organization concerning lifespan challenges facing adults with autism and their families. We participate on the national stage, develop and provide expertise related to supportive housing models, and are instrumental in helping to remove barriers and shape positive national policies to better the lives of adults with autism.
Declared in Congress for four consecutive years, we've established Autism After 21 Day as a day to mobilize thought leaders, policy makers, elected officials and employers in a united effort to shape more positive attitudes concerning the potential of individuals living with autism and related disabilities and to advocate for stronger, more inclusive communities.
Five years ago, Madison House Autism Foundation launched an ambitious project— Madison Fields. This beautiful 400-acre farm, situated in the Agricultural Reserve of Montgomery County in Dickerson, Maryland, gives the foundation the opportunity work locally to improve lives within our community while concurrently affording us the chance to develop successful models that can serve as prototypes for communities across the country. The success of these models will be determined by their ability to enhance the lives and well-being of individuals with autism and their families.
Madison House Autism Foundation has developed strong ties in the corporate world and we believe that our innovative collaboration and support for our partners’ initiatives and goals is vital to the broad actualization of the value of inclusion in our communities. When large corporations support, endorse and demonstrate inclusion, people take notice. It sets a new standard for excellence and success for others to emulate.