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#Imagine21: A Mini- Documentary Series On Autism After 21 Jason Halkias' story

24 May 2017 by Jason Halkias' and Madison House Autism Foundation
Editors Note: This video was previously published on Madison House Autism Housing Network, with their permission we are posing it on our site. 

At age 21, our friends with autism lose access to many of the supports they receive as children. The #Imagine21 mini-documentary series highlights the incredible stories of adults living with autism and the unique circumstances they face as they age into adulthood. Through them, viewers will be intimately acquainted with just a few of the people behind this diagnosis and come to a fuller understanding of the value they have to add to our lives when we as a community respond to the challenges they face.

In this film we learn about Jason. Jason lives a very busy and active life. He works as a gym custodian at the YMCA, is a Special Olympics athlete, and even finds time to do karaoke several times a week. His community involvement has been crucial to his development in both the career and social spaces.

In 2007, Madison House Autism Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded by JaLynn and Gregory Prince and named for their son Madison, who has autism. Now 26-years-old, Madison faces a daunting challenge in that he is no longer entitled to year-round education and training within the public school system.

As with neurotypical adults, individuals on the autism spectrum are expected to live a full lifespan, which means that Madison has another six decades ahead of him. While the challenges are enormous, his future is laden with great possibilities if he has the right guidance and assistance. Madison and thousands of others like him have the potential for living a lifestyle of their choosing, holding full-time jobs in a protected environment, and making meaningful contributions to society.

Madison House Autism Foundation was founded to identify the lifelong needs of adults with autism and through education, awareness, and advocacy, fill those needs. 


Our mission is to provide more support, more opportunities, and more hope to adults with autism and their families. We accomplish this by partnering with passionate individuals, organizations and governments to bring about creative, dynamic, and effective solutions that reshape possibilities for adults with autism. To learn more visit Madison House Autism Foundation