Re: intentional community inclusive of persons with disabilities
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 05:44:06 -0700 (PDT)
Amelia and all -

May I suggest two important resources? One is NICHE, Inc. in Norfolk, VA. Jane Sufficool is the contact. They are developing a model of cohousing which includes people with developmental disabilities. The other is Judith Treesberg and DreamBakery. Both are cc'd above.

Both groups were at the recent Mid Atlantic Cohousing conference held here in the DC area. Judith organized and presented a workshop on Mixed Abilities.

Both these parties are working towards using cohousing in their models to bring people of mixed abilities together in a community based arrangement.

Please consider attending the upcoming conference in Boulder, CO ( where I'm sure there will be others who are also tackling this most challenging of housing and community areas.

Call or write me if needed.
Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church VA
703 663 3911

On Apr 4, 2010, at 9:32 PM, ameliacobb [at] wrote:

Dear Persons in the International Cohousing Community,

We are a small group of concerned parents, professionals and community members who are seeking to create an intentional community that incorporates persons with disabilities such as autism and other developmental disabilities.

At this point there are at least six or more individuals with special needs who are interested.

We want to know if there are any cohousing communities that anyone might know of that includes/integrates people with profound challenges such as these? We welcome any and all contacts or information as regarding this topic.


Amy Connor

Amelia Cobb

Austin, Texas
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