Essential Care Needs Nonprofit – a new concept that can help address the growing crisis that will only get more acute over time.
The crisis is only getting worse and rather than trying to work within a system that was developed almost 40 years ago, we must look at our population and circumstances now and in the future with new alternatives to meet the needs of our community members.
It has become even more clear in times of COVID there are Essential Care Needs that need to be addressed and funded – for the benefit of our whole community.
Supported Living Agencies, many that are already non-profits, and other advocacy groups should address the issues of development of the Essential Care Needs Nonprofit.
Now is the time!
Apart from the genetic toxicology of autism, my other passion is finding ways to reform federal policy to unleash capacity in supports, services and housing for the burgeoning population of adults disabled by autism.
One idea is creation of a new form of federal nonprofit entity, the “Essential Care Nonprofit” or ECN.
ECNs would be a new form of nonprofit entity carved out for special federal tax (and other) treatment because they provide basic daily-care needs to the most severely disabled. The lack of these agencies and programs across our country is appalling and inexcusable. The need is growing rapidly, especially in the realm of adult autism, where the population is expected to grow 5-fold (at least) over the next 20 years.
Two links sharing the basic concept of the ECN:
- Presentation at 2018 Together for Choice Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTI5pTtFeD0
- Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area: https://www.sfautismsociety.org/blog/essential-care-nonprofits-ecns-a-proposal-for-a-new-form-of-developmental-disability-serving-organization
For more information visit:
National Council on Severe Autism – https://www.ncsautism.org
Together for Choice – https://www.togetherforchoice.org/