WC family determined to build a safe haven for adults with autism

Raising a child with autism can be challenging to say the least, but it's even more difficult finding adequate facilities to care for adults on the spectrum.

It is for this reason that 25-year-old Rowan Nelsen and his mother have begun the process to provide a safe haven for adults living with autism.

Rowan grew up around his older sister, Mikayla, and experienced first-hand the difficulties of her childhood.

He and his mother are now conducting market research with parents of autistic adults in order to create the ideal care facility for others like 27-year-old Mikayla.

The pair want to give extra support to families and caregivers who are in need of assistance.

We want to give parents a peace of mind that this place will be a safe haven, and that they will be looked after and stimulated at all times. A place of tranquility that provides a quality lifestyle.

Rowan Nelsen, co-founder of Mikayla House

Autism Western Cape's outreach manager Candice Voss explains that the autism spectrum presents unique care needs.

Mikayla House hopes to become a home that can fulfill the need for a safe, nurturing place for adults with autism once they leave school.

The initiative will provide live-in services as well as day respite care and offer a range of programmes.

Rowan and the Mikayla House team are looking into the financing of the care facility, and have urged other interested organisations to partner with them.

Visit the Mikayla House Facebook page to learn more.

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