Founder, Director, Touchdown Communities
Tim Downes received his BA at Ithaca College where he enjoyed playing football and being a part of the 1979 Division 3 National Championship Team. In 1992, he founded Property Solutions Inc., a worldwide environmental and engineering consulting firm serving commercial real estate entities.
Tim has two children on the autism spectrum. As his children near adulthood, he has become keenly aware of the lack of services and supports for young adults with autism. He believes that these young people should have access to the supports they require to allow them to participate in meaningful ways in their local communities with work, leisure and social opportunities available to their typical peers. His children have attended overnight camps, sports clubs and teams, art and music classes and supported social activities. The question became, what is next? As these kids age, how do we continue to offer supported activities to keep them engaged, physically fit and socially involved?
After extensive investigation, Tim discovered this was an area that needed some work. He also knew from his own experience how the daily challenges faced in raising kids with autism can keep parents focused on today and suddenly tomorrow looms large. After consultation with many professionals in the autism community, an idea was born. A sustainable community to serve the specific needs of adults with autism. The Touchdown Communities.
Why did Tim create TD Communities?
As adulthood approaches for his children, Tim has the same hopes and dreams that all parents have for their children; that they will be able to fulfill all their own dreams and aspirations throughout their lives. “I have always been there as a parent for my children. I also understand that I won’t always be here to care for them. Before, I always thought I was going to have to outlive my kids but now I see that it’s OK for them to outlive me.”
Through his business, Tim has built a large client base that is involved in real estate projects. “This has enabled me to gather a lot of knowledge on how to develop large community based housing. We are in a critical time here with the fast growth of autism and related disorders. TDC is bringing hope to something that is in epidemic form.”