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J Autism Dev Disord. 1990 Sep;20(3):353-66.

Group homes in North Carolina for children and adults with autism.

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Autistic people not living with their families live in 11 group homes throughout North Carolina. These homes, funded by both state and federal sources, are affiliated with TEACCH, the state agency for the identification and treatment of autism. This article looks at several aspects of group homes including cost effectiveness, staff selection and training, level of structure and programming, composition of the client group, adherence to a central philosophy, and the role of administration. Evidence suggests that group homes are a viable and cost-effective residential option for autistic people. While more group homes are needed, development of other residential options is encouraged.

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