September 16, 2021
Corrected Special Issue
Attention Readers!

Due to a few typos and because various browsers and phones are handling the link to the already published report file differently, we are sending a corrected report link and email. If you already downloaded and saved the report to your devices, we ask that you replace it with the link below so everyone is engaging with the same content. If you haven't saved the report, please use the link in this document for the best experience.
CRAAG apologizes for any inconvenience this causes. Please email CRAAG if you experience any problems with this corrected link or wish to share your comments about the report. Finally, thank you for your understanding!
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Families' Worries
We are bringing this report to the attention of stakeholders and legislators to inform them on the current state of crisis in the developmental disabilities field.

The above infographic represents the main themes identified by family members in the report. The larger font sizes represent worries that were more frequently identified.

The survey was created by CRAAG and the data was analyzed by STAR researchers at UVA. They concluded the "findings are highly consistent with the research literature on the needs and limited opportunities of adults with DD."

The study's purpose was twofold: "1) to learn as much as possible about individual needs, hopes and concerns of adults with autism and other developmental disabilities and their family members; and 2) assess their interest in networking with others who have similar needs."

We were heartened when 70% of survey respondents expressed interest in networking with other self-advocates and families through CRAAG to improve housing, supports and services. In response, CRAAG launched three Work Groups targeted to different populations with different needs.

This project will continue to collect data on additional families of adults and self-advocates to further characterize the housing, supports, and services available across Virginia and identify additional areas for improvement.

Thanks to STAR Initiative at UVA for partnering with CRAAG on this report!

Interested in supporting CRAAG's initiative or
commenting on the report? Please email CRAAG.

CRAAG began in 2010 in collaboration with CA Human Services (formerly Commonwealth Autism). CRAAG’s mission is to raise awareness and enhance the quality of life for people with autism, developmental disabilities, and their families in Charlottesville City, Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson counties. We are a volunteer action group for families, self-advocates, and professionals who are interested in all age groups and levels of need. The daily concerns of CRAAG's active volunteers inform our focus on the needs of students transitioning out of high school, adults throughout the lifespan, and their families. Our advocacy is person-centered aimed at maximizing independent living with supports; meaningful employment; social connectivity; and community engagement. CRAAG's 2021 Housing survey initiated a years-long initiative in our region to expand the number of housing options, supports and services available to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities.