LTO Ventures Community Concept Site Plan Unveiled

Concept Site Plan(click to enlarge)

Concept Site Plan
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To help people better understand what we mean by our model of a live/work/play community for adults with autism, we recently unveiled a very preliminary concept site plan.  The  plan is based on a 20-acre site (we do not yet have a location identified, but our plan is to locate our first community in the Las Vegas metro area) that provides housing and jobs for 100 adults with autism.

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Michelle L. Shappie Joins Board of Directors

We are pleased to welcome Michelle L. Shappie to the LTO Ventures Board of Directors.  Michelle is a parent of a child with autism who has enjoyed a successful 18-year career starting communities in the residential construction industry, and as a serial entrepreneur.  For 10 years, she was the Starts Manager for DR Horton, Inc., the nation’s largest builder.  She currently works with Beazer Homes.  She has started two companies: one a consultancy in building code and compliance management services; and, the other specializing in custom document archive services for mega-resort and high-rise properties.

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LTO Ventures Responds to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

LTO Ventures has submitted its public comment in response to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking CMS-2249-P2.  Read the full text of our 18-page comment letter here.  We strongly oppose CMS’ latest attempt to narrow the definition of a home and community-based setting, and thus reduce the amount and variety of housing available.  We believe that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental and intellectual disabilities have the right to live in the residential setting of their choosing, and to receive the services they need in that setting whether or not those services are funded by Medicaid, the primary financial safety net for persons with disabilities.  We encourage anyone who shares our view to share our comment letter.

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Annual Cost of Autism Has More Than Tripled to $126 Billion in the U.S.

Autism Speaks announced on March 28, 2012 preliminary results of new research that estimates autism costs U.S. society a staggering $126 billion per year – a number that has more than tripled since 2006. The costs of providing care for each person with autism affected by intellectual disability through his or her lifespan are $2.3 million in the U.S. and the lifetime costs of caring for individuals who are not impacted by intellectual disability are $1.4 million.  Read the full story here.

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CMS Makes Another Run at Denying Choice

On May 3, 2012 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Federal Register, May 3, 2012, CMS-2249-P2 — that includes another significant effort to define “home- and community-based settings” in a way that expressly denies choice.  See our analysis of the previous effort Choice v. Olmstead.  The NPRM invites public comment.  The deadline for submitting comments is July 2, 2012, not June 4 as originally posted (see correction notice).  We will be providing comment which we will again publish here.  We urge anyone with an interest in this issue and a desire to make your voice heard to read the Federal Register, May 3, 2012, CMS-2249-P2 and submit your comments according to the submission criteria.
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LTO Ventures at Agricultural Communities for Adults with Autism Summit, May 3-5

We are pleased t0 be participating as a member on May 3-5 in the 1st Annual Summit of the Agricultural Communities for Adults with Autism (ACAA) at Bittersweet Farms in Whitehouse, OH. [MORE]  UPDATE (5/8): It was a fantastic gathering of current and prospective providers doing great work and innovating solutions.  We’ll post a full report in a few days, and update our “Communities to Know” section.

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Jessica E. Campbell Joins Board of Directors

We are pleased to welcome Jessica E. Campbell to the LTO Ventures Board of Directors.  Jessica is a board certified behavior analyst that specializes in applied behavior analysis and autism spectrum disorders.  She provides behavior therapy, social skills programs, parent training, and IEP consultation for families affected by autism through her practice, Campbell Center for Autism in Las Vegas.  Additionally, as a sister of an adult living with an intellectual and physical disability Jessica has much compassion, respect and understanding for people with special needs, as well as their family members.

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Community to Know: New Vista Ranch

New Vista Ranch in Las Vegas was founded in 1984 by three sets of parents of intellectually challenged children.  Check out their future plans for a Medical Clinic, Community Outreach Center, Job Development Center and Senior Assisted Living Homes under “Future Projects.”

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Venture Philanthropy in Housing for Adults with Autism

A good friend, Scott, and I were talking the other day about fundraising for our respective ventures and he posed a very interesting question – “If someone wanted to donate a million dollars to LTO Ventures, what would you accomplish with that money?”  [Read full article here]

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The LTO Ventures Community Model

Read an in-depth description of the LTO Ventures community model here.

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