Community to Know: Erik’s Ranch & Retreats

Erik’s Ranch & Retreats is a beautiful project that very closely aligns with LTO Ventures’ live/work/play model.  Their website describes it this way: “Our living/working model includes residence membership, employment, recreational and other social activities for young adults with autism. We offer two locations: an urban retreat with guest accommodations for volunteers and vacationers in Edina, Minnesota (Minneapolis suburb), and an upscale guest ranch in the heart of beautiful Paradise Valley, Montana. Both locations will become “home” to young adults with autism, but what sets Erik’s Ranch & Retreats apart is that these unique destinations are run by the residents who live there. The resident experience at both is unique — combining home and workplace — to promote learning and personal/social growth, as well as sustainable employment.”

About Mark L. Olson

Mark is father to a teenage daughter with autism. After a successful 25-year marketing and business development career in New York and Silicon Valley with F500 leaders and venture-funded startups, he founded LTO Ventures to serve adults with ASD. He chairs the Community Living Subcommittee for the Nevada Autism Commission, and is a graduate of the University of Kansas. For more information, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/marklolson.
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