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WHAT WILL AN AVERAGE DAY/WEEK BE LIKE FOR MY CHILD?

Every  week residents engage in activities that encourage and develop  independence, socialization, learning and community involvement. Unique  schedules are created for each resident according to their specific  needs and abilities. A sample day may include a part-time job,  internship, school, or volunteer work.

We  also offer voluntary participation in scheduled program activities such  as cooking, budgeting, or completion of home maintenance care and  chores. Social programs are offered and include meet-ups, movie nights,  festivals and all of the other things that young adults living in  Chicago like to do in their spare time. Further,  UAS has created ways for residents to participate in our  micro-businesses, Washdog Chicago and/or Growing Solutions Farm.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A PARENT OR A FAMILY MEMBER? WHAT DOES UAS PROVIDE AND WHAT DO FAMILIES PROVIDE?

Your  participation in this journey is always welcome in whatever form is  best for you and your child. Our program is designed for residents to  become as fully independent of their parents as possible. To better  assess how we may help you, please fill out our preliminary residency program questionnaire.

WHAT IF MY CHILD DOES NOT WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SOCIAL ACTIVITIES OR OTHER PROGRAMS?

An  important element of the program is developing socialization skills and  a desire to be a part of the community. Our residential spaces are  thoughtfully designed with a mix of public and private space. However,  social activities take place within residential spaces and within the  immediate neighborhood. While there will certainly be circumstances when  a resident will choose not to participate, the goal and expectation is  participation in social activities.

CAN THE PROGRAM ACCOMMODATE AN INTEREST MY CHILD HAS THAT ISN’T PART OF THE CURRENT PROGRAM?

Yes.  One goal in setting up your young adult's customized program is  developing skills and interests as part of the path to greater  independence. To that end and within reason, we anticipate accommodating  a wide variety of vocational, educational and social interests.  Individual support and activities outside of our planned activities can  be arranged for additional fees.

WHAT IS THE RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER FOR AUTISM ASSESSMENT RESEARCH TREATMENT AND SERVICES (AARTS)?

The  AARTS Center at Rush offers unparalleled expertise in diagnosing and  treating children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder  (ASD). A distinct advantage UAS offers is our relationship with, and  proximity to, Rush University Medical Center's AARTS program.

All residents will need some form of assessment and medical clearance from our partners at the Rush AARTS program. At the very least, we require one visit with a psychiatrist  from the AARTS program to establish a medical baseline and for admission  approval. In order to provide the safest and most appropriate  environment, we cannot admit any residents without this step. Depending on the nature of your family’s needs, we also recommend a  records review and visit with UAS Clinical Director to determine if  further psychological assessment is needed.

We feel that we can most effectively help your family if you make the best use of these resources at the start. Developing individualized programs begins with accurate assessment  data. Full disclosure of psychiatric and independent-living challenges  by families is needed in order to appropriately serve all residents  safely and effectively.

Learn more about the AARTS Center.

CAN WE KEEP OUR CHILD’S DOCTOR/PSYCHIATRIST?

Individual  choice in discernment is at the heart of our programming development  and all residents are offered the same opportunities to make these  determinations. An initial appointment and medical review with the Rush  AARTS Medical Director is needed for all residents to ensure an  appropriate medical program is in place regardless of the provider.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE PART OF THE RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM?

Program  fees vary by each client but typically cost approximately $6,000 per  month. We work with each family individually to determine the most  affordable approach based on the individual needs of the client.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT CAPACITY?

Our  1212 Residence can house a maximum of four young adults. The home  has private, 2nd-floor bedrooms, an adjoining shared bathroom for two  and a private bath for one, as well as two small sitting/activity spaces  for the residents. An additional bedroom with private bathroom is  located on the lower level. Our second residence located nearby on Ada  Street can house three young adults and offers private bedrooms and a  shared bath.

Both residences feature a main floor, with living, kitchen, dining and activity spaces which are  available for both public and private use to accommodate the variety of  activities available. Our residences are home to clients who have funding from the home and community-based waiver as well as clients who pay privately.

DO YOU TAKE CILA OR HOME BASED WAIVER FUNDS?

UAS  is not a licensed DHS provider and cannot take the HCBW for CILA.  However, we can work with your provider to create programs and services  for your family member.  A+ Autism Solutions is a licensed CILA provider  that has assisted clients who chose to live either in our Ada or 1212  Residence. A+ Autism Solutions is licensed to accept the home and  community-based waiver. Other providers are welcome to contact us as  well. Disclosure: Julie Tracy is President of A+ Autism Solutions.

IF I FEEL YOUR PROGRAM IS A GOOD FIT FOR US, WHOM MAY I SPEAK TO AND WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

We are glad you feel Urban Autism Solutions is a good fit! Please complete the application with as much detailed information as possible.

HOW DO I TALK ABOUT THIS WITH OTHERS?

A  thorough review is necessary to get to know any program. To start, we  suggest you have an open dialog with others that will be affected by a  decision to participate in Urban Autism Solutions.  From the candidate,  immediate and extended family to trusted friends, other caregivers, and  your medical team, what thoughts and questions can they contribute to  your list?  Try prioritizing the list based on the importance of the  answer. While we have put together a great residential program, it is likely  that ours, like others, won’t offer everything you are looking for.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I FILL OUT THE APPLICATION?

We  know that the application process can be stressful and we promise to  minimize as much anxiety as we can as well as make ourselves available  to answer your questions. Simply put, we view your first steps as the  beginning of our relationship with you and your young adult. If, after  our initial conversation, you want to proceed, and we believe we can  offer the services you need, we will schedule a second conversation.

Throughout  this time, we may also invite your young adult to join us at our 1212  Residence so we can get to know each other.  This gradual process of  integration into our community will involve a number of steps over time  with an increasing schedule of community involvement in our program.

WHAT DO I DO AFTER I'VE COMPLETED THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS, CLEARED THE MEDICAL ASSESSMENT, AND HAVE BEEN INVITED TO THE UAS RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY?

At  this stage, you have completed the assessment process, cleared the  medical assessment and have decided/been invited to join our community.  For a privately funded home, we will accept a non-refundable deposit of  $6,000 to hold a designated bedroom for your family member. For CILA  clients, we will manage the process through A+ Autism Solutions as well  as designated members of the Rush AARTS team to begin developing the  structure around which your young adult will begin their life with us. We anticipate that some residents will have very clear-cut schedules  involving school, work, and volunteer opportunities while others will  need additional assistance in exploring these and other options.

CAN YOU HELP MY YOUNG ADULT GET A JOB?

UAS  may be able to help your child become job-ready through customized  programming that includes a skills assessment, resume assistance,  developing transferable job skills and other customized services. This  process does not guarantee a job but we strive to help your young adult  get one step closer to obtaining employment. Please fill out this questionnaire so we can learn more about your young adult.

WHAT OTHER PROGRAMS DO YOU OFFER?

During  the Summer of 2020, UAS will offer a boot camp that includes modules in  budgeting, independent skills such as light cooking, socializing with  our community, navigating public transportation, participation at our Growing Solutions Farm, and social experiences in Chicago.

WHAT AGE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT JOIN YOUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS?

Our clients are young adults, typically between the ages of 17-35.

I'M INTERESTED IN JOINING YOUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS, NETWORK 1212, HOW DO I SIGN UP?

The best way to for us to start to get to know each other is at our monthly Meet Up at Pompei Restaurant in Little Italy. Young adults with autism who are able to socialize independently are welcome to attend for $5 per person. (Parents, if you
would like to stay, please take a seat in the dining room.) Check our calendar for dates and times.

Summer Boot Camp

We  are pleased to offer a seasonal program that takes place during the  summer. Our Summer Boot Camp includes various modules including an  agricultural internship at our Growing Solutions Farm, job observations,  and social experiences in Chicago.


There  are two boot camp sessions. Session One begins on June 29th and session  two on July 20th. Each session is three-weeks long and takes place on  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 am to 2 pm.


Click here to download the flyer.

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