Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 299–308

The relationship between existing residential services and the needs of autistic adults

  • Mary E. Van Bourgondien
  • Sybil Elgar
Special Issue: Residential Services

DOI: 10.1007/BF02206543

Cite this article as:
Van Bourgondien, M.E. & Elgar, S. J Autism Dev Disord (1990) 20: 299. doi:10.1007/BF02206543


Existing residential services for adults with autism vary in size, location, and source of funding. Most service options have been designed for individuals with handicaps other than autism and therefore have difficulty addressing the needs of all but the highest functioning autistic adults. This paper provides a review of the characteristics of autism that affect adaptation to residential settings. A description of existing residential options based on the combined experiences of Great Britain and North Carolina is presented, and directions for future research are then discussed.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary E. Van Bourgondien
    • 1
  • Sybil Elgar
    • 2
  1. 1.Division TEACCHUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSA
  2. 2.National Autistic SocietyLondonEngland

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