The October regular AASCEND meeting and Job Club meeting will be at the conference on October 8. See you there!
Calling Job Club participants and all adults on the autism spectrum: Come on down to the AASCEND Conference on October 8! We need your participation so spectrum voices are heard at the breakout sessions. Some free registrations are available to you thanks to mysterious benefactors, so act now and sign up here. Or just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do it for you!
The Online Job Club will continue as usual.
Making Ground – Affordable Housing Solutions for the Autistic Community
At AASCEND’s Sept 17 meeting, Jamie Doyle of Oculus Architects will speak about affordable housing solutions for the autistic community in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Jamie Doyle is an award-winning architect with 25 years of experience in the provision of social and affordable housing. In the context of the current overall housing crisis and the shortage of suitable and affordable accommodation for the expanding autistic population, Oculus Architects, in collaboration with members of the autistic community, have developed a range of research design proposals, titled “Making Ground”.
These proposals include innovative ways of getting cheap land in the right locations, designing housing tailored to the needs of autism and using cost-efficient design solutions. The proposals look at different forms of supportive housing and the provision of support services. They also look at the integration of autistic housing within developments for the broader population and housing developments intended solely for the autistic community. The proposals illustrate the potential to create affordable uplifting homes and communities for the autistic population. Rather than defining this issue as a problem to be solved these proposals highlight this need as an opportunity to foster the positive contribution of autistics to the wider community.
Jamie will talk about these research proposals and hopes to start a conversation with the audience and wider autistic community to explore these and other potential solutions.
The general meeting will start at 10:00AM and conclude at 12:00PM.