Autism Life and Living, Inc.
Autism Life & Living, Inc. (ALL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Arizona.
We are comprised of a remarkable team of professionals who are passionate and driven to support ALL’s values, vision and mission; a mission that is more critical than ever. Lack of affordable housing is currently a nationwide crisis with the hardest hit being adults with autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). Adults with autism and other I/DD have been in a silent battle for decades unable to find safe, supported and affordable housing. ALL would like to be their voice so this crisis will no longer go unnoticed. ALL’s mission is to develop an inclusive community that is safe, supported and affordable.
Imagine a community where an individual with autism and other I/DD can live independently in a secure environment with needed supports that is affordable. ALL can!
Until our dream community becomes a reality it is important to prepare these individuals for an independent life. We currently offer programs that support independence, inclusion and well-being through community engagement, social events, and support service connections. Visit our Services page to get connected.
Lisa and her boys-2007
How It Started
The concept of ALL was born out of a mother’s uncertainty of not knowing what would become of her 2 sons, both of whom have autism, when she was no longer here to care for them; a feeling echoed by many parents of adult children with autism. After extensive research for viable options for her boys, she recognized that options for safe and affordable housing for this vulnerable population in Arizona are virtually non-existent. That, compounded with high abuse rates for disabled adults and a significant increase in the prevalence of autism, validated her concerns. Though the concept began for young adults with autism, in honor of her boys, it includes young adults with autism and other I/DD.
Why We Do What We Do
Independent Community Starting Point
Adults with autism and other intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) face a critical shortage of housing options and access to supports they need to thrive. To drive future planning, funding and significant advancements in public policy a comprehensive market analysis of the needs and preferences of individuals with autism and/or IDD is critical. Autism Life and Living is proud to part of the Market Advisory Council for First Place's Greater Phoenix Housing Market Analysis.
Trisector Advisory Council
The analysis will involve collecting data, identifying barriers to meeting housing demand and developing ways the public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors can work together to prevent the displacement or homelessness of this vulnerable population. This groundbreaking analysis has the potential to positively and permanently impact public policy and funding streams.
Meet Our Mascot and The Community She Will Call Home
ALLy the Squirrel at Oak Tree Ranch
The symbolism of our names:
Oak Tree Ranch
The Mighty Oak
- Great Potential
ALLy the Squirrel