Providing a full spectrum of life’s possibilities for persons on the autism spectrum.
VISION:Full Spectrum Farms will serve adults with autism and their families by providing a farm community where individuals can live and work in a healthy, enriching environment and achieve independence through meaningful work, recreation, and community involvement.
Full Spectrum Farms is a non-profit organization that serves adults with autism. It is located at 1185 Wayehutta Road, a thirty-four acre farm in western North Carolina where people with autism spectrum disorder can live, work, and become a functioning part of the larger community. When it is completed, Full Spectrum Farms will provide a special model for autism services as a sensory-sensitive, holistic environment with work centering on organic farming and natural craft products. The Farm will help people with autism develop lifelong learning and living skills through cottage industries such as woodworking, pottery, and weaving as well as growing and selling organic produce and bedding plants. Such working and learning endeavors will provide an opportunity for persons with autism to help support their communities and themselves.
Since its inception in 2001, Full Spectrum Farms, Inc., has researched and identified its service area, acquired non-profit status, defined goals, raised funds, and developed partnerships. Eventually the Farm will become a living and working farm community that will serve as a unique model for adults with autism and a day program for resident and non-resident individuals with autism is the vision that invigorates our donors and volunteers. Facilities will be designed as a special model, developed through assessment of current research, policies and accommodations as well as in consultations with affected families, other facilities and appropriate professionals. It will include:
2) Work centering on organic farming and natural crafts training center,
3) A supported living model based on public-private funding structure,
4) A teaching model in partnership with area academic institution(s) and professional programs,
5) A sustainable “green” design and construction model.