Autism is for Life. So is REED Next.

Current estimate of autism’s costs to individuals, families and society*:

1,400,000

Lifetime cost of care and support for an individual with autism

2,400,000

Lifetime cost of care and support for an individual when autism involves intellectual disability

40%

Estimated percentage of individuals with autism who also have an intellectual disability

What happens when a person with autism turns 21?

 

They are no longer eligible for state-funded education and may have limited options for day and residential programs. These adults still need the same individualized support and programming as they did prior to turning 21.

 

As individuals with autism transition into adulthood, many will require ongoing education and support to ensure the maintenance of previously acquired skills that are essential for every day living. If their support is discontinued for an extended period of time, it is possible that they will not maintain important skills such as preparing their own meals, self-care tasks, and functional communication.

 

At the age of 21, individuals are no longer funded through their local school districts and rely solely on the Medicaid system. Medicaid is woefully underfunded and lacks proper program support for the large influx of individuals with autism making the transition into adulthood.  We need donations to fill the funding gap so that we can continue to provide essential services.

 

The number of individuals with autism is estimated at more than 3.5 million in the United States. Approximately 50,000 individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) turn 18 each year in the United States. Adulthood makes up the vast majority of a lifespan.

 

*Research funded by Autism Speaks. The findings – published in JAMA Pediatrics – provide crucial information for service planning and public policy, experts agree.

REED Next: Empowering Adults
with Autism Throughout Their Lifetime

REED Next provides the opportunity for individuals with autism to receive quality services and support, and participate meaningfully in their communities.

 

REED Day is an adult day program for individuals 21 and over on the autism spectrum, providing support for job training, employment placement and coaching, and assisting with daily life skills using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

 

REED Residence will be a 24-hour residential program for individuals 21 and over on the autism spectrum. REED Residence will use the highest standards of ABA to assist its residents to live a quality life in and outside of their home with highly-trained BCBA supervision. REED Residence partners with Bergen County’s United Way.

 

Donations fund our day program, and hire job coaches and instructional aides to continue to reinforce vital life skills and supported living accommodations.

 

The REED Foundation for Autism believes that the REED Next model will have national implications for the autism community by infusing private funding into the deficits that are not covered by government programs.

REED Day

opening Summer 2018

Day program providing Job training, employment placement, and community support for adults 21+

 

REED Day is an adult day program for individuals 21 and over on the autism spectrum, providing support for job training, employment placement and coaching, and assisting with daily life skills, using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). REED Next is funded by Medicaid.   

 

REED Residence

coming soon

Residential program providing supported living for adults 21+


REED Residence, a service offered by REED Next, will be a 24-hour residential program for individuals 21 and over on the autism spectrum. REED Residence will use the highest standards of ABA to assist its residents to live a quality life in and outside of their home with highly-trained BCBA supervision. REED Residence partners with Bergen County’s United Way.

 

GreensdoGood, Produce With Purpose

a social enterprise, opening Spring 2018

GreensdoGood (GDG) is a year-round, indoor hydroponic vertical farm based in Hackensack, NJ that will grow and sell high-quality produce to local customers. GreensdoGood is the first social enterprise in New Jersey where all profits support people with autism. Proceeds from GreensdoGood will go towards funding the Foundation’s initiatives for education, adult employment and housing. GDG is funded in part by a grant from the Special Child Health and Autism Registry, New Jersey Department of Health.