WestSouthwest: A proposed farm for adults with autism

Aug 20, 2013

Tom, an Aacorn Farm participant beside a peg rack he helped create
Credit Courtesy of Cindy Semark

Cindy Semark says there aren't many options for adults, like her son, who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Semark is one of the founders of Aacorn Farm. She is also vice president of its board. Aacorn is an acronym for Autism Agricultural Option for Residential Needs. 

Semark says that while awareness has grown about autism, most of the focus is still on children. She says the rise in diagnosis of autism means the number of adults with autism will continue to grow.

Aacorn Farm hopes to create an agricultural community where adults with autism can work and live. Semark says they hope to raise #3-million. The group was recently granted its tax-exempt, non-profit certification. 

Semark says her son Jeremiah, who is 39, would love to work on a farm. She says there plenty of other adults who could benefit from working and being in an agricultural setting.