In the last 3 years, since my autism spectrum diagnosis, I have researched my options.
There are many group homes, facilities, and programs for those on the autism spectrum.
100% of them that I have found require something (or all) on this list:
- $3,000+ / month, tuition.
- SSI approval.
- Medicaid enrollment.
Of course, these homes and programs cannot go on, without funding.
My frustration stems from the fact that there are so many adults with autism that cannot afford $3k / month tuition. Their parents can’t afford that, either.
They have not been approved for SSI.
They find themselves unable to maintain employment.
So, here’s a snapshot of this for you:
You’re on a strange planet (Earth). No guidebook was issued, so you’re navigating this planet and its customs mostly on your own. Maybe your family helps. Maybe they’re no help, at all. Apparently, to survive, you must find a source of income (or up and decide to become a vagabond!). Over and over, you find that your lack of understanding of human behavior has stolen your ability to function in the way that is necessary.
You have little money. You have few (if any) friends.
You find out that humans have built small school-type structures for your kind.
You must pay $3k +/ month. That’s the tuition, unless a governing entity approves you for financial assistance in moving through life on this planet. The approval for this financial assistance is (understandably) difficult to acquire.
You sit, you eat what food you have, and you wonder what your next attempt of survival will look like.
Do this for years and then come to the conclusion that you may be your species’ only hope (<hyperbole>) for acquiring autistic-indigent care, support, etc.
There I am. Please join me. I cannot do this alone.