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Coalition for Community Choice Uniting Advocates Across the Country…….see the increasing membership list

The Coalition for Community Choice (CCC) is a national grassroots collaboration of individuals with disabilities, their families and friends, disability rights advocates, professionals, educators, and housing and services providers to advance policy that increases options and decreases barriers to housing and employment choices. CCC was created to 1) promote and defend the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism to choose their residential and employment settings from the broadest range of options; 2) educate federal and state governments on innovative Olmstead-compliant housing alternatives to “one-size fits all” approaches; and 3) preserve access to essential, publicly-funded services and supports in these settings.

Our Principles
•A home and community is defined differently for every person. Federal policy should not define “Home and Community” for people with I/DD. People with I/DD have the right to decide what “Home and Community” is to them. Therefore, policy should not include language which restricts settings or narrowly defines what is considered a “Home and Community”.
•People with I/DD should not be restricted from living in any setting based on resident diagnosis, desired lifestyle and location, density of persons with disability, and/or non-individually assessed least restrictive environment that otherwise would be desired and supported in their person centered planning process.
•People with I/DD have the right to choose from a full range of support service options to meet their needs and reach their full potential.
•People with I/DD have the right to choose their support service provider to provide services in their voluntarily chosen setting, including options such as agricultural settings, intentional communities, campus settings and live-work-play pedestrian-oriented developments.
•No government official should have the power to override or restrict one’s choice of their desired home and community options.
•The government should decrease barriers to residential options and not restrict innovation of affordable and accessible housing.
•The government should provide more incentives to local community development of housing and support services to meet the specific needs for those with I/DD in that community.

If your organization would like to learn more or be included as a listed supporter of CCC, please contact Desiree Kameka, DKameka@MadisonHouseAutism.org

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Supporters of the CCC

National Organizations

Agricultural Communities for Adults with Autism

A consortium of 35 established and developing provider organizations focused on sharing best practices and advocating for holistic, agricultural based employment and housing models for adults with autism.

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation

Develop, advocate for and fund Signature Programs that create innovative blueprints for grassroots organizations and service providers to develop their own programs for the diverse population of adults living with ASD.

FRED Conference

While originally focused on agricultural communities as a solution to the growing challenge for living options, FRED has grown into a movement to advance the ability for special needs adults to live with real purpose.

College Living Experience

Provides post-secondary supports to students with I/DD and on the autism spectrum. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of individualized services in the areas of academics, independent living, social skills, and career development.

Madison House Autism Foundation

A national organization working to eliminate barriers and increase opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum.

VOR

A national organization that advocates for high quality care and human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Arizona

Chapel Haven West, Tuscon

Chapel Haven West serves those on the autism spectrum and those with mild developmental disabilities, teaching them to live independent and productive lives in a residential transitional program.

First Place, Phoenix

Dedicated to developing new housing options for adults with autism and related disorders.

Rainbow Acres, Camp Verde

A Christian community with heart that empowers persons with developmental disabilities to live to their fullest potential with dignity and purpose.

California

Big Wave Project, El Granada

Creating an inclusive and interactive community of people and businesses; providing a purposeful, independent life for individuals with developmental disabilities through affordable housing, meaningful employment, and supportive community; benefiting the Coastside and the environment.

Casa de Amma, San Juan Capistrano

Casa de Amma believes adults with special needs can and should be productive, contributing members of their community. Our supported living environment provides every opportunity for life long learning and achieving personal potential.

Camping Unlimited – Camp Krem, Boulder Creek, CA

Camping Unlimited enriches the lives of those with special needs, our staff and community members through fun and safe programs of outdoor recreation, socialization and education.

Costanoa Commons, San Francisco Bay Area

Inspired by the L’Arche communities, Costanoa Commons is a non-profit organization working to create a life-long community for adults with disabilities, located on an urban farm where meaningful employment is available in our aquaponics greenhouse and on our organic farm.

Golden Heart Ranch, Hermosa Beach

Dedicated to building an intentional residential community where special needs young adults can live, learn, and work side-by-side in a harmonious and caring environment that is emotionally and physically safe.

Home of Guiding Hands, El Cajon

Encourages individuals to dream and pursue fulfillment by offering many living choices so that people can direct their own lives by choosing the housing arrangement or services that best suits the individual’s needs and wishes.

Life Services Alternatives, Inc.

Provides exceptional community-based living experiences and services for people with special needs through licensed, community-based homes and individual programs.

Peak Partners, LLC Greenbrae

A real estate investment and consulting company that is committed to creating high-quality, comprehensive living solutions for adults with developmental disabilities in small, integrated shared-housing settings.

The Parent Hospital Association

In support of the dedicated staff and management of the Sonoma Developmental Center, the Parent Hospital Association advocates for residents of SDC and others with developmental disabilities in Northern California.

Reid’s Gift, Los Angeles

We believe everyone has the right to a high quality of life. We strive to grow and support independence, fulfillment, and community engagement for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Sunflower Hill, Pleasanton

Seeking to change the paradigm of institutional and home living options by creating a sustainable, supportive and intentional community for individuals with special needs that’s akin to senior living.

Vine Village, Inc., Napa Valley

Located on a beautiful 25-acre ranch, our residential and art/country day programs are designed to meet each individual’s needs for a balance between support and independence. Our programs emphasize personal development, social interaction, independence and the security of knowing he or she is accepted and valued.

Colorado

Rooster Ranch, Franktown

Permanent supportive housing and a healthy, sustainable and inclusive lifestyle to adults of all abilities, focused on a life without limits, that offers security, choice, purpose and fulfillment.

Tall Tales Ranch, Centennial

Tall Tales Ranch is dedicated to providing a life sharing community where both people with and without disabilities can live in a supportive, cooperative environment that honors their individuality, celebrates their uniqueness and helps them to reach their full potential.

Connecticut

Chapel Haven, New Haven

Residential transition program serving those with autism, Asperger’s, and other adults with developmental disabilities.

Delaware

Families Speaking UP

A grassroots movement of people with IDD, their families and caregivers advocating for a variety choices for ALL people with I/DD.

Homes For Life Foundation, Wilmington

A 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising funds to build safe and comfortable group homes for men and women with I/DD.

District of Columbia

M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC

Educate families in an emphatic, methodical, non-threatening way by providing workshops and creating financial security with comprehensive special needs life plans and government benefit counseling.

Florida

The Arc Jacksonville, The Arc Village, Jacksonville

Together we unlock potential for achievement at home, at work, and at play. The Arc Jacksonville believes we all have the right to be in community and to make personal decisions about how we live, learn, work and play.

Creating a Future for Adults with Autism, Inc., Naples

Our mission is to create a safe, affordable, financially sustainable, long term residential community, providing meaningful work, recreation, education and training for adults with autism.

The Loveland Center, Venice

The Loveland Center helps adults with I/DD live life to the fullest while striving to be a leading innovator in adult services.

Mariposa Foundation, Plantation

Provide a life-long learning environment to empower residents in a community that fosters belonging and purpose.

Noah’s Ark of Central Florida, Lakeland

Addressing the concerns of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities through intentional community.

OCA (Opportunity / Community / Ability), Orlando

It is OCA’s goal that every individual that walks through our doors will have an Opportunity, in or out of the Community, to maximize their Ability.

Parents Planning Programming, Melbourne Beach

An organization formed by parents seeking to prepare for the future of their loved ones who have developmental disabilities in Florida.

Promise in Brevard, West Melbourne

A place where young adults with special needs can live a life full of opportunities and freedom never thought possible.

Illinois

Misericordia, Chicago

Through a spectrum of residential options on its 31-acre Chicago campus and in the community, and with a wide variety of programs, Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities.

Indiana

Hannah and Friends, South Bend

Dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs, Hannah and Friends offers residential, educational and recreational opportunities in Hannah’s Neighborhood as well as grants for low to moderate income families to meet support needs.

Louisiana

St. Andrews Village, Abita Springs

A faith-based, mixed-use Village community where both adults with all degrees of developmental disabilities and non-disabled individuals can live, work, worship, and socialize throughout their lifelong journey.

Maryland

Purple Cherry Architects & Purposeful Architecture, Annapolis

An architecture firm committed to creating spaces that foster thoughtful learning and living environments that inspire creativity and individuality in our children and adults with special needs.

Massachusetts

Cape Cod Village, Orleans

Creating meaningful and dignified lives of people with autism

COFAR, Inc. (Massachusetts Coalition of Families and Advocates)

A statewide, nonprofit organization that advocates for choice in, and access to comprehensive and high-quality care for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

New England Communities, Inc., Newton Centre

A housing development firm dedicated to the creation and preservation of affordable housing for those with disabilities and the elderly.

SAGE Crossing Foundation, Harvard

Create – and to help others create – farm-based programs where adults with autism can pursue supported, dignified, meaningful lives in concert with each other, and with their community.

Michigan

AACORN Farm, Kalamazoo County

Provides a dynamic residential and vocational program for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in an agricultural community that supports individuals in reaching their full potential through meaningful interactions, work, and leisure activities.

Benjamin’s Hope, Holland

An emerging, interactive community where people with extraordinary needs will realize a future of meaning, security and hope.

The DD News Blog, Ann Arbor

Advocating for a full range of service and residential options to meet the diverse needs of people with ID/D.

MARO- Removing Barriers to Community Access, Lansing

An association of over 60 community service providers in Michigan.

Special Dreams Farm, St. Clair Township

Special Dreams Farm is a full time skill building program specifically for developmentally disabled adults emphasizing socialization, exercise, and fresh air on 31 beautiful acres.

Mississippi

The Baddour Center, Senatobia

A non-profit residential community serving adults with I/DD. The Center is committed to providing programs, supports and services for the purpose of promoting maximum growth and empowering residents to make decisions and choices which lead to personal satisfaction and quality of life.

Nevada

LTO Ventures, Henderson

LTO Ventures is a 501(c)(3) non-profit company that develops live/work/play communities for adults with autism spectrum disorders.

New Hampshire

Farmsteads of New England, Inc., Hillsborough

Farmsteads of New England, Inc. was created to provide a farming environment that is conducive to a meaningful and satisfying life for people who have autism and other IDD and who are seeking a holistic lifestyle that supports their vocational, recreational, and residential needs.

The Lukas Community, Temple

A shared living residential community for adults with IDD. Lukas provides a caring, therapeutic environment in which each person is recognized as a unique human being with dignity, freedom and purpose.

New Jersey

Bergen County’s United Way

Affordable housing developers specializing in building supportive housing for people with developmental disabilities with a particular focus on purpose built housing for people on the autism spectrum.

New York

SustainAbility Services, Inc., Oyster Bay

SustainAbility Services is a non-profit organization that works on the staffing, residential and employment needs of adults with autism and other IDD. One of our projects has been to create a thriving organic vegetable farm which we plan to expand to give more residential options to people, with and without autism or other developmental disabilities, who love to farm.

North Carolina

3 Irish Jewels Farm, The Triangle of NC

An environmentally sustainable agricultural community where adults on the autism spectrum can live dignified and meaningful lives with support in a healthy, safe and enriching environment and achieve independence through meaningful work, recreation and community involvement.

Ohio

Bittersweet, Whitehouse

The mission of Bittersweet is to maximize opportunities for individual development of persons with Autism by providing an array of premier residential educational, and vocational services to individuals, and support to families.

Good Works Farm, Miamisburg

Good Works Farm is to provide an environment where adults with autism can learn, work, grow and become a vital member of a community, where they are respected and treated with dignity.

Safe Haven Farms, Middletown

Provides a variety of meaningful living, working, learning and leisure activities in a safe and accepting farm environment, where every individual is respected as a valued and contributing community member.

Pennsylvania

Juniper Hill Farms, Landenburg

Juniper Hill Farms is a model of independent living for adults on the autism spectrum. We are just guys renting in the community, on a small farm with lots of animals… and fields of sunflowers in the summer.

Tennessee

Brightstone, Franklin

Provides a comprehensive work, social support, and future residential community for adults with special needs, expanding their potential and helping them to develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Texas

Blessings Ranch, Cameron

A working ranch and residential community for adults with developmental disabilities.

Down Home Ranch, Elgin

With 32 Ranchers plus about 30 staff and staff family members living on the Ranch, Down Home Ranch is a working farm and ranch, caring for 330 rolling, forested acres of the Post Oak Savannah in Central Texas.

Live Oak Living, San Marcos

Nestled on 8 beautiful, tree-covered acres, LiveOak is a small residential program offering person-centered support for adults living with brain injuries and other cognitive disabilities.

Marbridge, Manchaca

A non-profit residential community that offers transitional and lifetime care to adults with a wide range of cognitive abilities and—through compassion and faith—provides them opportunities to learn, experience and achieve a whole new life.

New Danville, Montgomery County

A master-planned, integrated community where adults with intellectual, developmental and/or physical disabilities can Live, Learn, Work and Grow socially, spiritually and emotionally with their non-disabled peers in a caring environment.

Washington

Action DD

Action DD is the only disabilities advocacy licensed in Washington state that receives no government money. Therefore, free to represent the best interests of people with developmental disabilities.

Because We Care – Beyond Inclusion, Seattle

Holistic care approach supporting a continuum of care which looks at individual, family and community strengths to promote health, safety, relationships and quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities.

Lakeland Village Associates, Medical Park

Friends and family of those who live at Lakeland Village.

The Sunridge Ranch and Trellis Center, Ellensburg

Sunridge Ranch was specifically designed and created as a privately owned home to promote the positive physical, cognitive, social, emotional and daily living skills development for four adults with autism. We strive to integrate opportunities that a typical person might experience into a unifying whole, so that life is truly as rich and fulfilling as possible within our ranch family.

Virginia

A SPLINT (ASPies LInking with NTs), Alexandria

Help people on and off the autism spectrum to better work, live and love together, through consulting, coaching, inspirational speaking and training.

West Virginia

Autism Services Center, Huntington

A licensed behavioral health center specializing in autism, ASC provides comprehensive, community-integrated services to all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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