Independent living for an adult with an Asperger profile is a goal for many families. However, there are several factors that influence the choice of housing including the amount of support that they require to live independently (the volume, frequency and type of help they might need) and the amount of subsidization they need to finance their housing. There are a variety of public and private options available to individuals with disabilities that help with both support and subsidy. AANE offers several good resources to help individuals and their families tease apart the issues and plan a successful transition from family living to independence.

Essential Resources:

Massachusetts Housing Consultations
Benefits and SSI
Parent Coaching
LifeMAP Coaching

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The Return Home

For a few years, way before this COVID pandemic struck, my husband and I were empty nesters. Both children had moved out of the house, and for the first time in 30 years, it was ours and ours alone. As much as I missed my daughters’ company, there was a comfort in finally having a fairly clean... more

2019 DDS Northeast Region Adult Autism Resource Guide

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A comprehensive guide that provides great information to adults on the spectrum and to their familiaries about the process for applying to the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for Adult Autism services. Even if you are not in the Northeast Region of MA DDS, you will find... more

2017 Benefits Conference: Housing Materials

These materials were presented at Asperger Syndrome and Adult Life: Navigating the Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Service Systems on February 4th, 2017 and are gathered here for review. Ellen Kilicarslan: Adult Family Care Cathy Boyle: Housing Options Diagram Housing Options Specialized Housing 2 2017 Toward Independent... more

Finding Housing for Persons with Disabilities – Webinar

Finding housing for people with disabilities does not have to be overwhelming! There are tools and resources for locating housing available to families in Massachusetts that are affordable and accessible. This webinar will provide an overview of the affordable housing programs for persons with... more

MassAccess Housing Registry

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MassAccess helps people find affordable rental and homeownership opportunities in Massachusetts. A key feature of the registry is to highlight homes for people with disabilities who need accessible... more

Autism Housing Pathways Workbooks

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Three workbooks designed to help individuals with developmental disabilities shape a housing vision. The first two workbooks are written at an 8th grade and 2nd grade reading level, respectively. The third workbook is comprised of social stories and includes visuals to create posters with stickers. The workbooks touch on preferred activities,... more

Housing Search Guide for People with Disabilities in Massachusetts

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This guide provides information about searching for rental housing in Massachusetts for people who have one or more disabilities. Download... more

Housing Options for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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A guide that profiles 22 housing models that may be appropriate for adults with autism. Download... more

Housing and Residential Supports Tool Kit

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A tool kit to assist individuals and families as they identify and secure appropriate residential supports and services. Download Tool... more

Moving Out: A Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults with Disabilities

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Finding the right residential situation for an adult child doesn't have to be overwhelming. The authors share decades of experience counseling families on housing options to help parents prepare themselves and their children for a new living arrangement. Discover the universal considerations most... more

Asperger Profiles: Independent and Interdependent Living

Some adults with Asperger profiles are able to lead completely independent lives; others need some assistance, particularly in the areas of housekeeping, money management, and meal preparation; and still others will require more substantial supports in their living arrangements. There is no... more

Unlocking the Door to Community Living

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Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) shares information to help you understand housing options.   View... more