Training and Outreach

Autism Housing Pathways is committed to helping families find and create new housing models and opportunities, and to increase the capacity of professionals to support individuals with autism in residential settings. While the opportunities presented below are classified by target audience, families are welcome to participate in opportunities for support personnel and vice versa. None of our trainings is intended to constitute legal, financial, or other professional advice. For a complete legal disclaimer, please click here.

Families

Thinking about housing:

This presentation is “Housing 101” for parents. “Thinking about housing” introduces families to the range of public funds available to pay for housing and supportive services (including for those without DDS supports). Some examples are given of how these can be combined with private funds to create housing. We can bring this presentation to your group anywhere in the state. It can be customized from 1 to 2 hours in length. Please contact us by email or by calling 617-893-8217.

The current 2016-2017 schedule is:

Oct. 29th, at the Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change Building a Home conference (under the title “Funding Streams For The 85% Who Do Not Receive Residential Support”)

Nov. 8th, 10:00 A.M., at the Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition Speaker Series, Greater New England MS Society , 101A First Ave, Waltham, MA

Nov. 29th, 6:00-8:00 P.M., EMARC, 26 Princess St., Wakefield

Dec. 8th, 5:00-7:00 P.M., 7 Hills, 799 West Boylston St., Worcester

Feb. 8th, 7:00-9:00 P.M., Nashoba Learning Group, 10 Oak Park Dr., Bedford

Please contact us by email or by calling 617-893-8217.

Learning about housing:

This is a day long workshop in which families are guided in working through a housing manual that will help them to determine what housing options might be appropriate for their family member. Topics include public funding streams, level of support needed, living skills development, assessment of personal resources, housing models, person-centered planning, and service providers.  It is our intent to host the workshop annually in each of four parts of the state. The cost is $100 ($135 per couple); hardship scholarships are available.

The 2016-2017 workshop schedule is:

December 17th, at Road to Responsibility, 1831 Ocean St., Marshfield    Register

January 14th, at Advocates, Inc., 1881 Worcester Rd., Framingham   Register

April 1st, at HMEA, 6 Latti Farm Rd., Millbury   Register

May 13th, Autism Support Center, 6 Southside Rd., Danvers   Register

All workshops run from 8:30-4:30. Tickets must be bought in advance. Questions? Please contact us by email or by calling 617-893-8217.

Section 8 sign-up clinic:

For those 18 and older not currently on the Sec. 8 waiting list, and wishing assistance to sign up, Autism Housing Pathways holds free Sec. 8 sign-up clinics.

The 2016-2017 clinic schedule is:

Dec. 12th, at 7 Hills, 208 Charlton Rd., Sturbridge (Contact Jayne Bowler,  774-241-2505)

Jan. 24th, at The Arc of South Norfolk, 789 Clapboardtree St., Westwood (Contact Tessa Cannata, 781-762-4001 x 303, or tcannata@arcsouthnorfolk.org )

Apr. 25th, at Autism Alliance of MetroWest, 1881 Worcester Rd., Framingham (Contact Catherine Boyle, (617) 893-8217)

You must sign up in advance for a 20 minute appointment.  Appointments start on the half hour, with the first appointment at 9:00, and the last at 4:30. There are no appointments between 12:00 and 1:00.

Bring with you the amount of the individual’s income and his/her Social Security number. If you are the individual’s legal guardian, bring with you two (2) photocopies of your letter of guardianship.

Neither Autism Housing Pathways, nor its officers, nor its directors is in any way promising, offering, or guaranteeing housing or supportive services through this initiatives. Click to download the complete legal disclaimer.

Family consultation:

Autism Housing Pathways can provide families a single free phone call of up to 30 minutes to discuss their individual situations. This call is not meant to constitute legal, financial or other professional advice. Click to download the complete legal disclaimer. Alternatively, a single free 50 minute in-person appointment may occasionally be scheduled, but must take place at the location of our institutional members.  Contact us by email or by calling 617-893-8217 to learn more. Additional fee-for-service housing consulting is also available. Please contact us by email or by calling 617-893-8217.

Transition professionals

Working with transition-age youth to obtain subsidized housing:

Many young people with disabilities will need to rely on subsidized housing as adults. Wait lists can be as long as 10 years, and young people should sign up as soon as they turn 18. In this webinar, transition professionals learn about the various forms of affordable and subsidized housing, and how to help students with the application process. The cost is $25.

This webinar will take place Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at 7 PM.

Support professionals

Learning about reinforcement:

This free 12 minute video can be used to give a basic overview of reinforcement to anyone supporting a person with autism. Ideally, the viewer should take a short, multiple choice pre-test before watching, then take the identical post-test after watching. Those wishing to administer paper-and-pencil pre- and post-tests as part of a training  should contact us to get the .pdf file and answer key. Closed-captions are available on the linked YouTube video; for those needing audio description, a file is available here.

Learning about visual supports:

This free 22 minute video can be used to give a basic overview of visual supports to anyone supporting a person with autism. Ideally, the viewer should take a short, multiple choice pre-test before watching, then take the identical post-test after watching. Those wishing to administer paper-and-pencil pre- and post-tests as part of a training should contact us to get the .pdf file and answer key.  Closed-captions are available on the linked YouTube video; for those needing audio description, a version with video description is available here.

Recommended trainings:

There are a number of inexpensive, off-the-shelf trainings available, which are appropriate for different levels of employees, from new hires to house managers. Here is a listing of those Autism Housing Pathways feels would be appropriate for each level.

Quality Behavioral Competencies:

AHP members can train individuals working for families or not employed by an agency in basic modules on reinforcement. The only cost is for materials (currently $25 per person). Please contact us at 617-893-8217.