Expanding choices. Building Community.

This is a must-read story. We found it inspirational and hope you will too. When it comes to feasting, more and more Americans these days are enjoying food that is "home grown" —or at the very least, food that comes from the farm right next door. Mark Strassmann reports a CBS Cover Story:

Home grown: Moving next to the farm


Coalition for Community Change (CCC). AACORN Farm is one of the 70 organizations standing up for Choice.
The CCC is an alliance of organizations, businesses, and housing professionals that strive to meet the housing and employment demand for an array of life options for those with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD).


  • Physicians were asked about their ability to recognize autism, their knowledge of the disorder, their comfort level in treating those with the condition and their need for training and resources.

  • In what may be the first project of its kind in the nation, local developers are building an apartment complex that will house adults with autism alongside typically-developing residents.

  • Being listed in the "Time 100" of the most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category, is just one of the many awards received by Temple Grandin. Diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Temple overcame many obstacles and earned a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a professor at Colorado State University. Dr, Grandin is recognized as an expert in animal behavior and one of the leading advocates for the rights of autistic persons.

  • Ian Pham, 22, waters vegetables in the new Legacy Farms Summer Garden with the help of Martha Schonberger, president of Legacy Farms, which aims to train adults with autism in agriculture.



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