Ken Anderson Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation creating "live, work, play" opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. We will begin in Cincinnati and hope to create integrated models and options that can be replicated across the U.S. We believe that adults with disabilities have the human and civil rights to live, work, play, socialize, recreate, love, learn, and worship in the settings and manner of their choosing, with the support of families, friends, and caregivers.
In November 2017, we launched PLAY, social experiences designed by adults with disabilities for adults with disabilities that include a wide variety of small group community outings with staff and volunteer supports. Our survey of adults with disabilities reveal their most frequent request is to socialize with peers and be in the community.
We are currently working to launch WORK, real, paid, integrated employment opportunities through urban agriculture, microenterprises, and community partners. We will augment these with vocational workshops to explore and develop work interests, talents, and abilities.
Our plan is to build an innovative, integrated beneficial residential community that provides permanent supportive, affordable housing for a neurodiverse blend of adults with and without developmental disabilities who have a range of support needs.
Ken Anderson Foundation
Ken Anderson Foundation was created in 2014 by Ken and his wife Cristy out of their concerns about the lack of affordable housing, employment and community life options in the greater Cincinnati area for their nephew Drew [Read Drew's Story] and many other adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. In their circle of friends and associates they found many others who shared those concerns and a desire to create solutions to the expanding need.
Around the same time, another group of Cincinnati families with children and young adults with developmental disabilities came together to share their hopes, dreams and fears about their children's future. During the conversation, it was evident there was a common worry: the concern about the lack of available residential choices for adults with disabilities. The literature is sobering; most adults with disabilities live at home until a loved one can no longer care for them, and then, their future is often determined by things out of their control. This sad reality became the springboard for action and the dream to create a safe, comprehensive community (with employment, social/recreational, educational, spiritual and wellness components) was born. They named it "Lighthouse Landing" because they believe everyone needs a beacon of hope and light.
A Common Vision
In Fall 2016, the two groups were introduced to each other and quickly realized their common perspectives and visions, and the value of combining their efforts. Moreover, they shared a common desire to bring together many of the exceptional Cincinnati nonprofits serving adults with disabilities to work together more collaboratively and achieve a cumulative impact on the community greater than the sum of their individual efforts.
Ken Anderson Alliance
In December 2016, Ken Anderson Foundation and Lighthouse Landing combined to become Ken Anderson Alliance. We invite you to get to know us, our vision and our mission. The waitlist in Ohio for Medicaid-funded supports and services in 2017 is more than 40,000 individuals. By the year 2030 the number of adults with developmental disabilities in Ohio could fill a city the size of Cincinnati. We need every committed person and every donation in order to achieve our goals. If you or your organization would like to learn more about how to join our team effort, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us.