New Housing Concept in Florida: a model for others?

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Here’s an interesting and timely story about a new housing model for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  Over the coming weeks, we’ll look more closely at this community and other pertinent housing models around the world, and identify critical success factors and other key information.

The link to article about The Villages at Noah’s Landing in Jacksonville, Florida may be found here.

Friendship Center

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Here’s a terrific learning facility that is part of Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield, just outside Detroit. All under one roof, The Meer Family Friendship Center includes dedicated areas for art, music, kitchen skills as well as tactile, gross motor and water-based activities.  In addition, there is a large gym as well as Weinberg Village, a very cool 5,000 square-foot, true-to-life cityscape complete with traffic lights, park benches, and parking meters – where students with disabilities from 200 schools in 54 school districts come to experience and learn, in a controlled and caring environment, simulated real-world life skills.  The Village includes a theatre, pet shop, pharmacy, bakery, library and bank as well as social gathering areas.

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This facility seems like a fantastic idea for individuals with developmental disabilities to practice and experience real-world scenarios, build confidence and self-esteem, and grow friendships through shared experiences. This type of facility also offers significant potential for employment and volunteer training as well as actual employment opportunities.

If anyone has had any direct experience with The Friendship Center, we’d love to hear from you!