|Retired doctors Debra Caudy and husband Clay Heighten (right) with their 19-year-old son Jon|
It will include 15 homes, a community center and access to a ‘transitional academy’ that is designed to help young adults with autism develop the skills needed to live and work independently.
Clay Heighten, a retired emergency doctor and founder of a real estate management company, and his wife Debra Caudy, a retired medical oncologist, are leading the project.
The inspiration is their 19-year old son, Jon, who is on the severe end of the autism spectrum and requires a high level of supportive care.
Both worry that people like Jon have little options as adults. "It's about offering a choice," explained Heighten.
“We’re trying to create something that would provide an enriched quality of life, so that people like Jon eventually require less supervision,” he said.
In October 2015, the couple invested $745,000 to purchase the land, and last year created a non-profit called 29 Acres to raise money for the project.
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To build a future for their son, Dallas couple plan $12 million community for young adults with autism