Housing and transportation options for people with autism

“A Place for Me” VISION:

to live life with purpose – with housing and supports to fit my specific needs, to fit my specific needs, where I am welcome, included and supported to my highest level of independence.

 Community Discussion February 19, 2019

Common Concerns about Autism & Housing

75 people attended a community discussion led by Autism McLean and its partner organizations on February 19, 2020. Following are common concerns voiced by participants, mostly by parents of individuals with autism.

  • Safety, respect, dignity of residents
  • Staff: training, capacity, communications
  • Quality of life for residents
  • 24-hour response, connections
  • Compatibility, finding right fit
  • Parent support, networking, respite
  • Funding sources, navigating the system
  • Major Questions:
    • What are local residential options?
    • What are other communities doing?
    • What are their housing models?


Autism Housing Guide — for parents, guardians and adults with autism:

Identifying and understanding the various aspects of housing services, facilities, funding, and legal processes can be overwhelming. This document is a compilation of steps for getting started, general resources, and listings of local housing and residential support services and facilities serving McLean County, IL. (compiled by parents for parents, August 2020)

ISU Research

In January 2020, we asked six graduate students from the Stevenson Center at Illinois State University to conduct social research for Autism McLean. The objective was to conduct an applied research project that met Autism McLean’s needs while providing an applied education to service-minded students. The focus of their research was on housing assets and programs available in McLean County and how well those assets match the needs of people with autism. The following findings were compiled during this project.

Autism & Housing Literature Compilation (compiled by ISU Stevenson Center Graduate Students for Autism McLean, Spring 2020) — Case Studies, Common Challenges, & Trending Themes:

Watch the video below for more information

Additional Resources