Why Gratitude Makes All the Difference

How many times have you gone through the motions of your day without really paying attention to what’s happening around you? We’ve all been there. We’re so wrapped up in our own thoughts and concerns that we don’t take the time to notice the numerous small blessings that fill our lives. However, what if we…

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Finding Good Charities to Donate to in Pennsylvania

If you’re wondering “how to find charities near me,” you have plenty of options. Pennsylvania has more than 13,000 registered charities, many of them located in Southeastern PA. As you plan your charitable giving for 2023 and beyond, it’s important to choose organizations that match your giving goals. Here are a few reasons to give,…

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Help Us Provide Housing for Autistic Adults

It’s only natural for parents to worry about their children’s future. However, for parents of children with disabilities, including those with autism, that concern can be acute. What will happen to them if and when their parents are no longer able to care for them. That’s a need that we are seeking to fill at…

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A Perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability resulting in communication, social, and behavioral difficulties. ASD impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, resulting in communication and social interaction issues. Autism spectrum disorder may include limited or repeated types of behavior. However, the term “spectrum” in ASD means a wide range of symptoms…

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The Many Benefits of Cohousing

In recent years, the average American household has been spending an increasingly large percentage of its budget on housing costs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2019, the average household was spending 33.8 percent of its budget on housing-related expenses. This cost includes not only rent or mortgage payments but also…

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The Reality of the Housing Dilemma for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Over the next decade, the CDC estimates that 500,000 teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder will age out of their school-based services and move into adulthood. As adults, the need and desire for person-centered housing opportunities is growing exponentially. An estimated 80,000 individuals sit on waiting lists that can be as long as 15 years. Aside…

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The Skyrocketing Cost of Housing in PA and its Impact on Autistic Adults

Insights on a serious & complex issue with no easy solutions. Skyrocketing housing prices are a growing problem in Pennsylvania. It is having a devastating impact on autistic adults and their families. This issue has become so severe that it is now difficult or impossible for many autistic adults to find affordable, safe, and inclusionary…

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US Autism Rate is Now 1 in 30

FPC Perspective: The number of young people living with autism spectrum disorder is growing rapidly. A new study has revealed a spike in the US autism rate of nearly 52% in autism spectrum disorder prevalence among children and teens in the US between 2017 and 2020. Now, one in every 30 kids will be diagnosed…

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Transitioning to adulthood

How parents can help neurodivergent teens transitioning to adulthood. Front Porch Cohousing Perspective: A parent who is struggling with the often-unexpected (and sometimes-challenging) process of raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, may start to feel overwhelmed at the prospect of their child’s transitioning to adulthood. You may be wondering: What’s coming…

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