Ashton and Betts McCombs founded SLS Community in 2016 so that neurodiverse adults could flourish, interact meaningfully with the broader community and find their own path to self-actualization. Their daughter, Anna, who is now a young adult, is on the autism spectrum and requires intense support to manage her behavioral concerns. The McCombs family searched around the country to find the right place for Anna, receiving help from Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and finally matching Anna’s needs with May Institute in Boston.
Throughout that journey, they met countless families, many single-parent households, who had little to no resources for their adult child. Most struggled financially and too often felt at a loss on how to best support their child and take care of their family. With the SLS clinical partner, May Institute, we are committed to taking a percentage of the hardest to place adults, a dynamic that often stretches a family’s ability to cope on a day-to-day basis.