2020 Adult AM Workshops
Beyond Mom & Dad- A Vision for Supported Housing
Visions for Creative Housing Solutions founder and executive director, Sylvia Dow and Ben Sahl, lawyer, disability advocate, and principal author of the New Hampshire Supportive Housing Toolkit, will share lessons they learned as they sought adult housing options for their own children. Participants will learn about the resources available and concrete strategies for developing housing options. Visions for Creative Housing, which began providing housing for 6 residents in 2014, now serves 11 with a waiting list of 25 and the organization is poised for expansion into two neighboring towns over the next two years. The Visions model is so popular that the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority funded publication of The New Hampshire Supportive Housing Toolkit, a free online resource designed for families and community members interested in replicating the Visions model. Workshop participants will learn about the toolkit, lessons learned, and have the opportunity to ask questions about Visions and other housing models.
“This generation of people with disabilities want the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers; to be independent in their own homes. At the same time, their parents want assurance that their adult children will be safe, happy, and receive supports as needed,” says Dow. This workshop is designed to share one innovative model that covers both of those needs.
Meet Our Workshop Speaker
Sylvia Dow, founder and executive director of Visions for Creative Housing Solutions, is a long-time special educator and mother of two adult daughters who have disabilities. A tireless advocate for the independence and community engagement of people with disabilities in all facets of community life, she has dedicated her life to supporting children and adults with disabilities in a wide variety of community settings. Dow was a founder of Art Lab, a targeted weekly art class for adults with disabilities sponsored by the Special Needs Support Center in partnership with AVA Gallery and Art Center, she taught classes for adults with special needs at Lebanon College, and served as Board member and one of the founders of Northern New England Down Syndrome Congress.