Most parents with children with autism face the same question as Ashton and Betts: Where will my child live as she ages?
Ashton and Betts founded SLS so their daughter, Anna, as well as others, could thrive in a safe, healthy, and loving community. Anna is on the severe side of the autism spectrum, and receives over 40 hours of behavioral intervention every week. As the severity of Anna’s autism progressed, Ashton and Betts searched for a community where she could receive treatment and thrive. They sought resources throughout the country, with Kennedy Krieger assisting in the search. The only viable residential facility that would accept Anna is the May Institute in Boston, MA. This is a fantastic organization that made many exceptions for her. Anna will be there for at least a year and is already doing remarkably well. However, this is a short-term resource and, of course, Anna and her family all want her to live near home. Most parents with children with autism face the same question as Ashton and Betts: Where will my child live as she ages?
They recognize the current system of housing and community options is inadequate, and unable to meet the growing needs of the population of adults with developmental disabilities. This is why they founded SLS, a nonprofit organization that is developing a world-class living and working environment for adults with developmental disabilities, where they can live, work, learn and flourish with support for their unique needs.