Adult Autism Services? Yes, please!
It is the most open secret in the Autism Community: there are more adults with autism than adult service providers. And the problem is only going to get worse. In the next 15 years, an estimated 15,000 people with autism will graduate out of Illinois school systems. That is more than three times the number of adults with autism that Illinois is currently serving. You do not need to be a math wiz to realize that the numbers do not add up. What can we do about it?
Our society faces a huge challenge that will only be met through an intense and focused community effort. That effort starts with Giant Steps’ Replicable Model for Adult Day Programming. The Replicable Model utilizes best practices from the Giant Steps’ Therapeutic Day School to create high quality programming for adults with autism. This model will be shared, free of charge, with any interested organizations to help expand Adult Services in Illinois.
Right now, there are two bills in the Illinois House of Representatives in support of the Replicable Model and expansion of adult services in Illinois.
- House Bill 4989 - synopsis as introduced: “Appropriates $1,000,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Human Services for grants to Giant Steps Illinois for adult day programs. Effective July 1, 2012.”
- House Bill 4990 - synopsis as introduced: “Amends the Disabled Persons Rehabilitation Act. Provides that subject to appropriations, the Department shall create a pilot program for adult day services for persons on the autism spectrum over the age of 22. Provides that the Department shall make grants to organizations that develop a replicable model for quality day services for adults with autism living in Illinois. Effective immediately.”
We need your help. Please contact your legislators and tell them that you support House Bills 4989 and 4990. Visit www.mygiantsteps.org/advocacy to find helpful links to contact your legislators as well as sending an email to Governor Quinn, Senate President Cullerton, and House Speaker Madison.
Visit www.mygiantsteps.org/advocacy today to send a signed petition to your legislator. Together, we can build a better future for adults living with autism in Illinois.