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Why Cape Cod Village?
The autism population is growing. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in 68 children nationwide will be diagnosed with autism this year. Over the next 15 years, 500,000 young adults will confront an uncertain future as they age out of the school system and leave behind the structure, support and therapies so critical to their wellbeing and quality of life. The residential options for this population are limited.
Who Are We?
The mission of Cape Cod Village (CCV) is to meet the ongoing residential and community living needs of adults on the autism spectrum. To that end, CCV purchased a four acre parcel of land in the Village Center of Orleans, Massachusetts to build a community for adults with autism. The project has been approved by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will include housing for 15 individuals with autism and a Community Resource Center. The innovative design of this project will ensure the outcome of optimum community integration for all residents based on person-centered planning.
Who Will We Serve?
Cape Cod Village is for adults with autism who are 22 years of age or older and who require support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All residents will be able to remain at CCV for their entire lifetime. Both private and state funded referrals are welcome.
How Will Admission be Determined?
The following are required to apply for placement at Cape Cod Village:
- Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
- Capacity for funding.
In Massachusetts, primary funding is approved and allocated to those who qualify through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and Social Security Disability Income (SSI). Parents are urged to contact DDS to determine eligibility for services. Self-pay may be available for those not eligible for public funding.
- An assessment by the service provider, North East Educational & Developmental Support Center (NEEDS), to ensure a compatible integration for each potential resident with the services offered by Cape Cod Village. NEEDS is a Department of Developmental Services (DDS) provider agency with extensive experience in serving people with autism.
- Cape Cod residency is not required.
Will CCV Provide Medical Care?
There are no medical or therapeutic services provided on site. Residents will receive their medical care and therapeutic services from their personal healthcare providers.
What Programs Will We Offer?
Each resident will have an individualized service plan (ISP) that addresses specific needs, including residential services, Day Habilitation, pre-vocational and vocational services. In addition to round-the-clock services for residents, CCV will offer recreational, social and support services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. There will be opportunities for art, cooking, music, physical activity and gardening onsite.
What is the Community Resource Center?
The Community Resource Center (CRC) will serve both CCV residents and those in the larger Cape Cod community. The CRC will offer educational and social opportunities for residents and their families and will provide space for support groups, workshops and speakers. In addition, there will be recreational activities for the residents and the community at large. The CRC will also be an information center for the autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities community and their families.
When Will Cape Cod Village Open?
We anticipate opening our doors in the spring of 2018.
How Can I Help?
Visit our website, www.capecodvillage.org, for more information about Cape Cod Village and the many ways you can be involved. There are many varied opportunities for volunteers to contribute their time to this exciting community project.
All donations to Cape Cod Village are tax deductible.