LifeNet is a private pay, independent living support program for adults
with Asperger’s or similar autism spectrum profiles.

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LifeNet Contacts

ASRC: Carol Barans, Board Member | 203-265-7717 ext. 2 |

AANE: Jay O’Brien, LifeNet Program Director | 617-393-3824 ext. 260 |

LifeNet is designed to address questions like:

“Who will support our adult child when we’re gone?” – Parent

“How will I get the support I need to live on my own?” – Adult

LifeNet offers peace of mind that an adult on the spectrum will be supported as they navigate adulthood by a devoted team who understands them, backed by two trusted non-profit organizations: Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) and the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE).

Who’s eligible for the LifeNet program?

To ensure we can meet the needs of all LifeNet clients who enroll in this new program, we’ve developed specific eligibility criteria to guide us, including:

  • Geography: adult lives in Connecticut between and including Greater Hartford and Greater New Haven with exact service area to be determined based on demand.
  • Age: adults 21+
  • Diagnosis: Asperger’s or similar autism spectrum profile is the primary condition
  • Co-occurring conditions (e.g. significant mental health needs): will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but is/are not the primary diagnosis/es
  • Level of need: adult should be able to live independently with LifeNet-level support
  • Willingness: must be open to engaging and receiving support from the LifeNet Team
  • Client/family resources to fund program: see tiers and fees immediately below

What are the different tiers of LifeNet service?

Service tiers, fees, and other program elements are subject to modification as we roll out this program in Connecticut.
Based on individual needs, resources, preferences, family involvement and other factors, eligible adults/families would be able to register for one of the three levels of LifeNet service:
Tier 1 (‘Comprehensive’ level):
The top level of LifeNet service for adults and their parents who want or need to activate the full support team structure now, given their age, health status, geographic distance or other factors. Comprehensive offers the most time and frequency of interactions between the adult client and their LifeNet Team members.
Tier 2 (‘Basic’ level): A middle level of LifeNet service for those who need less time and support at this stage of the adult’s life than the Comprehensive level, but who want to put the support team in place now for a potential transition in the coming years.
Tier 3 (‘Introductory’ level): An entry level of LifeNet service, with less frequent interactions than the Comprehensive and Basic tiers, for those who want to begin establishing new support relationships for their adult child now, with an eye toward moving to a higher level of service if and when needed in the future.Clients have the ability to move between tiers as their needs change.

What does the LifeNet program provide?

LifeNet offers caring support and companionship for adults on the spectrum across a full range of lifelong responsibilities and everyday tasks such as:

  • Developing executive functioning skills and strategies
  • Maintaining a healthy and safe living environment in their apartment or home
  • Arranging and keeping healthcare and dental appointments
  • Tending to nutrition, food safety, exercise and hygiene
  • Managing budgets, bills, benefits and money
  • Engaging socially – around their interests and at their pace
  • Pursuing productive employment and/or volunteer opportunities
  • Shopping and errands, transportation and travel guidance, and more

Who’s on the LifeNet Team?

More than just a single caseworker, each LifeNet adult is supported by a team of people who have experience in understanding and meeting the needs of adults on the autism spectrum:

  • Personal Advocate (clinical case manager) – licensed, master’s-level occupational therapist or similar clinical professional
  • Support Partner – field-based direct support professional
  • Clinical Supervisor – LICSW or other advanced supervisory clinician
  • LifeNet Program Director – overall administrator and ombudsman
  • Host Family – volunteer local family who shares meals and companionship with a LifeNet adult
  • Peer/Friend – a similar-age adult peer matched from within the AANE community

Together, the LifeNet Team serves as both a support network and safety net of professionals and volunteers who develop relationships with and care for the adult, offering them a greater sense of community and belonging.

If you or your adult family member may be interested in LifeNet, please contact us here.