Why Neuro-Inclusive Cohousing?

We believe the best way to deliver on our vision is by providing a sense of belonging as we create authentic and vibrant spaces that are not just houses, but homes for adults with varied neurologic & intellectual abilities. Our homes are designed to bring a sense of neighborhood while providing hope and peace of mind to the families and friends who support these adults, knowing their loved ones are in a community that will empower them.

We believe we can accomplish a nostalgic setting from a time when neighborhood kids played until the streetlights came on and people visited on their front porches through our cohousing model, a time when neighbors supported each other.

Today’s cohousing options offer a variety of ways to live alongside others. From the traditional model of detached dwellings that share amenities, to a more modern arrangement with private homes accessible by internal hallways or an internal courtyard. Cohousing offers residents access to social connections and support, as well as shared spaces for activities like cooking, billiards, or even co-working.

About Inclusive Housing

Inclusive housing — also known as accessible housing or universal design — is any residence that meets the needs of people with different abilities. Neurodiversity is one way this can be accomplished. Humans come in all shapes and sizes, and that extends to mental abilities and quirks as well.

The term neurodiversity refers to people who think differently than the majority because they have neurological differences like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, or other cognitive variations. This article will explore the benefits of neuro-inclusive cohousing and explain how you can take part in this first-of-its-kind intentional community.

Benefits of Neuro-Inclusive Cohousing

Support – Having a strong support network is key to living well with neurodiversity. In neuro-inclusive cohousing, residents can turn to one another for help around the house, with childcare, or with other daily tasks.

Mental Health – Neuro-inclusive cohousing can also provide a safe place to discuss mental health issues, like anxiety or depression, with other people who “get it.”

Safety – When people have different needs, they may also require different safety considerations. For example, someone who uses a wheelchair might need wider doorways, lower kitchen counters, and other features built into the design of the home.

The Path Towards Inclusion and Support

To make neuro-inclusive cohousing work, everyone involved should agree to certain guidelines for support and inclusion. This includes creating a welcoming environment for all potential residents, writing a strong mission statement and values that everyone can agree with, and finding a way to help residents support each other.

Neuro-inclusive cohousing provides a supportive environment where people can turn to one another when they need help.

As with any cohousing community, you’ll want to create a welcoming environment for residents by being intentional with your community-building efforts. Next, you’ll want to create a vision statement and values that everyone can agree with. This will help ensure the community is inclusive, safe, and supportive.

Finally, discover ways to help residents support each other. This might involve organizing regular social events, forming support groups, or hosting workshops on skills like managing money, housekeeping, and emotional self-care.

Cohousing presents an appealing option for people with many different types of needs. Neuro-inclusive cohousing provides a supportive environment where people can turn to one another when they need help. It’s important to create a welcoming environment and to use the shared values to inform the design of the community to ensure it is as inclusive as possible.