What does TDC hope to accomplish?
Tim Downes has a dream that is ambitious and bold. His vision includes a wide scale, nationwide effort to provide community based housing that offers semi-independent living with extensive personal, employment, and social support to adults with autism and related disorders. Tim and his team of professionals, from the builders to the clinicians, understand the potential that TDC brings to the autism community. At this time, the TDC team is focused on creating both the first physical site in southern NJ and the innovative Guiding Program designed to encourage personal growth and development in key areas like flexible thinking, dynamic problem solving, and social competency. This unique combination of brick and mortar and personal coaching program will ensure a quality of life that Tim’s children and countless other young adults would otherwise not have access to.
Why will every TDC be a state of the art facility?
Whether it is an existing building or a facility that is being built from the ground up, every TDC site will be selected and customized to offer state of the art apartments and amenities to ensure a safe, secure, and experience rich living experience for every resident. Every TDC will be more cost effective, more efficient, and more sustainable than any current facility that is available today to the adult autism population.
What TDC is Not:
TDC is a new concept. It has not been done before. It is expected that we will be put into a box and defined by conventional approaches to housing and treatment of the special needs community. We feel that it is our responsibility to continually clarify what we are and what we are not. As Tim Downes states, “We understand that there are a lot misnomers about what we are trying to accomplish. For that reason, it is important that we define what the TDC is NOT. The TDC’s around the country will NOT be:
- residential living facilities
- group homes
- assisted living facilities
Rather, TDC is an innovative approach to addressing the growing need of quality housing and support for adults with autism and related disorders. It is about preserving and honoring the dignity and potential of every individual that needs our support and expertise.