For many families and young adults with autism, the idea of living independently might feel intimidating. However, our resources at Project 1212, one of our two residential homes, makes the transition easier.
Project 1212, is located in a relevant, pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood on the near West Side of Chicago with immediate access to public transportation. Previously known as “Little Italy,” this neighborhood is within one mile of Rush University Medical Center and walking distance to downtown Chicago.
The home’s autism-friendly design includes a combination of public and private spaces. The ground floor has community space that offers social networking opportunities and is a conduit to the surrounding neighborhood. Above and below the community space, two private residential floors can accommodate four individuals with 24/7 staff.
Our nurturing environment with family-like staff helps integrate residents into the community through job opportunities and volunteer work. Additionally, each client has their own personally tailored schedule complete with social opportunities, work/volunteer and/or educational programs.
As part of their customized program, residents may be offered budget and financial literacy support a well as technology training for smartphone applications. An emphasis is placed on transportation navigation and applications to teach immediate life skills in order to build independence.
Our resident program is affiliated with the Rush AARTS Center, offering twenty-four-hour on-call and emergency wrap-around psychiatric care for those in need.
Project 1212 is a time-flexible housing model. Residents could make a permanent home in our community or opt for shorter-term transitional housing for up to 12 months at a time.