A simple solution to a complex issue,

intentional neighboring.


As parents, baby boomers, or just as people – we all want a place to call home.

It may be different from what we grew up with, but it may be even better.

Home isn’t home without the people we love, and people that love us back.

 


At the intersection of a growing population of baby boomers and adults on the spectrum, there is an opportunity for boomers and adults with autism to maximize their personal legacy through purpose and community.   

A second full life.

Intentional Neighboring brings together neighbors of all ages on a daily basis to provide assistance and share the ups and downs of everyday life. Developing  bonds of friendship and over time, a culture of neighborliness, kindness, helpfulness, and consideration.  It puts into action the belief that ordinary people of all ages and abilities can change the world.  As ambassadors and assets in addressing  the difficult challenges facing our most vulnerable citizens.

The intentional living model places the right family or person with an adult on the spectrum that compliments their lifestyle.  Together they enhance the fabric of that local community – long term.

Autism Living is an intentional community that won’t disrupt the current flow of space and the people who have already lived and grown in the community. It will reengage and improve the lives of people nearby, including small businesses.

Autism Living’s plan allows for new incentivized retail establishments to both self-fund the project and add to the customer base of surrounding businesses.

In other parts of the country, intentional communities have teamed seniors with young mothers aging out of the foster care system, families arranging adoptions that keep siblings together, and wounded warriors.  Couples or individuals looking at retirement can reduce their housing expenses and avoid isolation/boredom by mentoring vulnerable community members – in this case, younger adults on the autism spectrum who just need that bit of support to live a full life.

And we're in regular communication with First Place® AZ, whose first autism-supportive community is currently under construction in downtown Phoenix and who have plenty of best practices to share.