Adult Autism Program Celebrates 10 Years
Ten years ago, NHS was approached by a group of parents in Chester County looking to change service providers. Their children were adults with autism who lived in their own homes in Phoenixville. The service model, funding and regulatory requirements were all new to NHS. Following many meetings and much planning, NHS began providing in-home supports to Becky, Elisha, Michael, Matthew, and Michael in September 2007. Terry McNelis, Karen Markle, Astrid Berry, Ceil Kittel, Paula Nerone, and many others were instrumental in helping with the transition of services to NHS. Over the last 10 years, Program Director Cindy Hennessy and her team have worked with the families to create a program built on respect, open communication, and trust. NHS thanks Becky, Elisha, Michael, Matthew, and Michael for trusting and teaching us so much, the parents for their amazing commitment to the Adults with Autism Living and Working (ALAW) model and their strength through some challenging times, and the NHS staff who provide supports that ensure these individuals enjoy life by being actively engaged in their communities, where they work, and where they volunteer.