Future Greengard Residence
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DeStefano Architects announced The Greengard Residence, to be located on Brewery Lane, recently received unanimous approval from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
As part of the Greengard Center for Autism the Greengard Residence will be home to four individuals diagnosed with autism who are 21 years of age or older. Each resident will participate in the Greengard Center Day Program, which provides a community-based curriculum and is individually tailored to each participant’s interests and abilities. The design of the house encourages social participation while providing customized space for residents. The center’s goal is to ensure a stable, safe and secure home while providing an enriched and expansive environment over a lifetime.
“This residence will be the future home of a life-long living and learning program for young adults with autism,” said GCFA Executive Director and founder Barbara R. Frankel, PhD. “The Greengard Center has a mission to provide an inclusive quality of life through a safe, secure home, ongoing education, meaningful work and access to recreation, social and community acceptance and participation.”
Other members of the project team include the builder and owner’s representative V. Todd and Company, MSC Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, and Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormely & Roberts, providing legal services. For more about Greengard, visit greengardcenter.org. For more about DeStefano Architects, visit DestefanoArchitects.com
Seacoastonline.com, September 1, 2015
....Executive Director and Founder of GCFA Barbara R. Frankel, Ph. D. says of the approval
“I was so deeply touched by the warm welcome that The Greengard Center’s residence received from the Portsmouth Zoning Board of Adjustment. I am grateful for the heartfelt words spoken by Chairman David Witham, recognizing the importance of the project, not only to individuals with autism and their families but to the community as well.”
fosters.com, September 1, 2015
The Residential Program will be the home to four individuals with the diagnosis of autism who are 21 years of age or older. All of the residents will participate in the Greengard Center for Autism Day Program and the GreenGarden Project either as their employment or as part of their residential community responsibilities. The residential services will be provided by highly trained, committed and caring staff who are closely supervised by a Program Director, a Residential Coordinator and Houseparents. Individualized comprehensive positive behavior plans will be developed and supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The goal of this residence is to ensure a stable, safe and secure home while providing an enriched and expansive environment over a lifetime.
The criteria to determine the four adults with autism and their families who will have a place in the Residential Program will be based on their need for the structure and the support of a lifelong living and learning program.
The home will be located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This Seacoast city was chosen because it is a small cosmopolitan setting that has all the advantages of an urban setting but with the safety and ease of a small town. Portsmouth offers amenities that are unusual for a city with a population of just 21,000. The quality of life in Portsmouth is unique - with a multitude of restaurants, museums, theatres, recreational opportunities, a walk-able historic downtown, excellent medical facilities and friendly and accepting neighborhoods.
The design of the house will encourage social participation while providing customized private space for each of the residents.
- Each resident will have his/her own spacious bedroom, sitting area, and bathroom.
- The architectural design will provide for expansive and attractive common areas that include: living, family and dining rooms, fully equipped sensory room, computer area, exercise room, and two work/recreational rooms (one designated as a quiet area).
- The kitchen, bathrooms and laundry will have industrial strength appliances.
- The home will be outfitted with state of the art technology, autism-safety measures, and a comprehensive security system.
- An apartment will be provided within the home for a professional couple who will provide additional night and weekend coverage.
- A staff room will be provided for overnight staff.
- A family Suite will be available for parents and siblings to accommodate family visits so that travel is made more comfortable and offers support to the families.
We believe that the only way to advance the maximum independence that allows all adults with autism to reach their full potential (regardless of ability) is by establishing an autism sensitive security system that is appropriate for each person’s needs. Consequently, we view these security measures as having a multiple purpose by providing protection, well-being, care, normalization and independence.
We have a fundamental dedication to creating a family driven program. There are several elements that support this commitment:
- The families involved will have influence in the construction, and design features of the home in order to address the unique needs of their adult child.
- The families will be significant members of the program team whether it is in participating in developing their adult child’s education plan, or providing vital information that tailors individual care in the residential environment.
- The concept plan will include physical space in the home to accommodate family visits, to ease travel and offer supportive family involvement.
- The program staff will be available to accompany the resident on family visits and vacations as a way to encourage a solid connection with the family and to bridge the family and GCFA worlds for the adult with autism.
- The residence will house a professional couple who serve as “house parents” to ensure a stable family environment and 24 hour accountability. There will also be additional highly trained staff on site in case of emergencies.