Why am I doing this?

Repeatedly, as I have been talking to parents, caregivers, and others who love someone with autism, I have heard that there is no good place for adults with autism in Georgia. Parents are afraid to die, for fear that their children will end up in this "no good place". Where do children with autism go when they grow up?

As the parent of an autistic teen, I want to explore the options for adult living arrangements for those with developmental disabilities.

Please feel free to contact me by email if you would like to weigh in on this subject.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


I visited the campus of Gracewood Hospital and did a bit of filming with the family of a Gracewood resident.   I am learning a great deal about a recent settlement between the Justice Department and the State of Georgia, which would move most of the developmentally disabled patients out of Gracewood and similar facilities.   My concern is that there do not appear to be enough suitable places for the disabled once they leave Gracewood.   
I will be filming inside the hospital next week, as I have been invited to a meeting being held there and also might be able to attend a clinical meeting there with the parent of one of the residents.   It is an amazing opportunity and I am so thankful to the family who allowed me into their lives.   Thank you Ann!  

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