A community of tenacious advocates alongside Neurodiverse Adults.

Everyone should have the opportunity to flourish.

Building together now to make our vision a reality in Fayetteville, Arkansas:

An innovative, replicable “live, work, play” community where residential, vocational, health and wellness, community, and clinical resources are accessible and affordable for neurodiverse adults to reach their full potential.

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WHAT IS NEURODIVERSITY?

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The neurodiversity movement challenges widely accepted thought that a neurodivergence like autism or an intellectual disability inherently needs fixing or requires treatment. Instead, it invites others to recognize & respect neurological differences. It challenges society to further reimagine and evolve to meet needs and remove barriers– allowing ALL people to flourish regardless of ability.

What We Do

SLS Community champions the inclusion of people with disabilities.
We are not tweaking old models, we are redefining possibility.

OUR MISSION

Support lifelong success for neurodiverse adults and their families by making essential resources accessible to all.

COLLECTIVE IMPACT MODEL

We believe that large-scale social change that addresses complex problems comes from better cross-sector coordination rather than from the isolated efforts of individual organizations.

Our collective impact goals:

  • Through a “collective impact” model, orchestrate a collaborative effort amongst impact partners in government, private enterprise, higher education, and non-profit sectors to combine resources and solve the complex social problems confronting neurodiverse adults.
Our Impact Partners
  • Leverage a partnership with a future mixed-use development project in south Fayetteville called South Cato Springs to scale operations. This includes building a campus for neurodiverse adults with essential resources to flourish and meaningful community interaction along interwoven “live, work, play” themes:

What We Are Working Towards:

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LIVE

Housing & Clinical Resources

Address the housing crisis by providing affordable supportive living housing options among neurodiverse adults. Everyone deserves choices in their living situation.

Partnership with UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute in their construction of an outpatient multi-specialty medical facility, specially adapted for the needs of the neurodiverse population.

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WORK

Vocational Resources & Job Opportunities

Create employment opportunities and training aligned to the diverse abilities and talents of neurodiverse adults, who represent a massive demographic missing from our workforce.

 

 

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PLAY

Community & Recreation Resources

Sponsor community and recreation options, events, and opportunities that allow everyone to participate regardless of ability. When everyone plays, we all flourish.

 

 

 

OUR VALUES

1. All Means All

SLS Community recognizes there is a subset of neurodiverse adults that slip through the cracks. We design supports inclusive of those with the highest needs and behavioral challenges. When we solve for the most vulnerable, we solve for all.

2. Making Inclusion Accessible

You don’t need to be a specialist or have letters behind your name to flourish in relationships with neurodiverse adults. SLS Community invites everyone to benefit from a more diverse social and professional network.

3. Impact over Ego. Always.

We don’t need our name on every initiative or program. We bring together organizations across multiple sectors to solve big problems. Sometimes we bridge a service gap connecting our network members; other times, we choose to eliminate the gap with our own programming and resources.

4. Redefining Possibility

SLS Community convenes national thought leaders to reimagine the human service industry. We are not tweaking old models; we are design modern supports for adults with disabilities to thrive within the community.

5. Winning Is The Only Option

Data matters. Assumption and well-wishing do not ensure life change. We measure and respond to our data in real-time: learning every day how to do good better. Every human life has value. Failing our Community Participants is not an option.

Incredible Change Starts With Your Support

 

The need for innovative, person-centered services and support continues to exceed the available resources, leaving a generation of people with emotional and intellectual disabilities and their families in a programmatic, financial and personal crisis.

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