Advocating for creative communities and affordable housing since 2014
Friends Or Relatives With Autism And Related Disabilities (FORWARD) first came together in 2013 when a small group of compassionate, concerned citizens banded together and armed for change. Since that day, this 501(c)3 organization has been diligently focused on creating a small scale, non-private sector, affordable model housing community for adults with autism - while tirelessly advocating to increase awareness of the nation's affordable housing crisis and the ongoing struggle facing adults with autism spectrum disorders across the United States.
The term autism spectrum disorders (ASD's) refers to a group of developmental disorders that are usually first diagnosed in early childhood and include: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger's Syndrome. It also includes two rare disorders - Rhett's disorder and childhood disintegrative disorder.
We can more effectively support adults living with autism and provide families with the peace of mind they are searching for by advancing housing solutions in demand today.
Why We Are Here
Acknowledging the problem
Upwards of 70% of the entire population of adults with autism live 'at home' with aging parents/caretakers and few supports. What was a severe shortage of affordable housing has now reached crisis for this underserved population.
While new housing development will be critical to resolution of the projected critical demand, the existing population of adults with autism need solutions now.
The crisis is now
It is estimated that within the next decade, upwards of 500,00 children diagnosed with autism will reach adulthood and 'age-out' of supportive services.
FORWARD, working closely with the local Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), the Town of Dennis, and Cape Abilities, has created a plan for a unique housing development.
doing Our Part
How do we as a society respond to the housing and quality of life crisis that now affects adults with autism nationwide? By advocating for change. That's where we come in.
To increase access to non-private sector, affordable housing by, firstly, developing a small-scale, affordable and progressive housing community that will act as a highly successful model for future projects.