Community Housing Network, Inc. is excited to announce a new resource that is available to families and professionals. The Getting My Own Address for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities guide was developed and produced by Community Housing Network through a generous grant from the Autism Society Oakland County. 

Planning housing for the future takes time and collaboration. The guide materials introduce people with disabilities and their families to the many choices possible in deciding where they want to live and how to get there. The guide is a comprehensive, but simple explanation of the steps, options and choices that are available to plan for housing in the community of one’s choice.

This guide was compiled with input from individuals with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities, and their families and supports (including teachers, transition coordinators, supports coordinators, caregivers and others).

The 289-page guide offers explanations that do not assume prior knowledge. There are worksheets in every chapter that enable those using the guide to learn, make choices, plan and participate. The Learn More boxes point families and supports to web sites with additional detailed information. The “What Should Parent’s Do?” boxes acknowledge parent concerns while guiding them on how to support their child’s journey.

To view the guide, please visit http://www.communityhousingnetwork.org/GMOA.

FREE Overview Presentations for Parents/Individuals/Professionals

Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Rochester Community Schools
501 W. University, Rochester, MI 48307

Thursday, November 10, 2011 from from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Huron Valley School District
Lakeland High School, LGI Room, 1630 Bogie Lake Road, White Lake, MI 48383

Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Lamphere Center
29685 Tawas Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
West Bloomfield School District
7071 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 120, West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Community Housing Network will be selling the guides before and after every Overview Presentation. The guide is available for free to everyone through the web site listed above. The guide will cost $25 for Oakland County families, $35 for Oakland County professionals and $40 for anyone outside of Oakland County. The Autism Society Oakland County is subsidizing the cost of the guide for Oakland County families. You will save shipping costs if you pick up the guide at a presentation or at Community Housing Network in Troy. All proceeds will be reinvested into this project to promote the longevity of the program.

The Arc of Oakland County also has one guide available to view at our office (1641 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084).