About us

Special Announcement:

The Adonis Autism board of directors has decided the time has come to close Adonis as a nonprofit to focus our energies on other projects. In an effort to give back and bring the greatest benefit to the community we will be distributing grants to local organizations we see as key to creating a future for persons with disabilities .

We want to take this opportunity to thank the many people who have helped us over the years. From the businesses and organizations that have generously given financial support to our projects to the many people who have given their time and expertise as volunteers and board members.

Thank you.   Nothing happens without you.

Terry Kays


Who We Are

Adonis Autism, Inc. is in its 30th year of service in southwest Florida. Adonis weaves together many different organizational experiences with autism and disabilities into one strong “rope” of advocacy for adults and families. We stand together because more can be accomplished together than alone. Our intention is to help families live in a world where parents of children with autism are not desperate and hopeless about their future and that of their loved ones.

Our Vision

We envision a world that provides lasting security and opportunities for families affected by autism. We want to create an environment where families can join in with other families in the community for emotional and social support.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide programs that enhance the lives of people with autism and their families.  We also want to inform the community of all relevant programs of other groups in the community that can further our vision.

 We invite a diverse group of individuals, their families, and supporting organizations who identify with our vision.  Join with us in creating and implementing our strategic plan for an economically independent future.


We believe there is a need for more support and structure for adult children with autism and their families than the state can be relied upon to provide.

We believe that the best, most efficient and effective way to support the adult with a disability is to support the entire family. After all, these are the people most interested in and committed to the well being of the individual.

We believe that only by keeping the family unit together can we create an affordable long term care solution for adults with disabilities.

We believe that by organizing ourselves and working together to create a co-housing community that is  integrated and supportive like the small towns and villages of an earlier time, we will be better able to help each other and our adult children with autism. See our Osprey Village page for more information.

5 Comments on “About us

  1.  by  Kelly Wiessner

    My son (he has autism with cognitive and language impairments) has just aged out of school here in New Jersey and I need to move to Florida to help my aging parents. I’ve tried contacting a few Florida state and service agencies but they are all very discouraging, saying I will have to wait perhaps years for services once I establish residency. However, it will also be years before there will be housing available for my son in New Jersey, where the high cost of living and the harsh winters will make life very tough for me (I’m a widow). I want to always be close to my son and your ideal of a co-housing community gives me so much hope. Please let me know how I can join/help your organization with this goal.

    •  by  Terry Kays

      Hi Kelly thanks for the interest, we would be delighted to talk to you about this project. We are having a conference on September 12 which might be very helpful to you as a new resident. This is our greatest conference yet. See our events page for tickets and details. We hope to meet with you soon. Terry

  2.  by  karin hester rago

    I’m moving with my 21 year old son Marc Rago who lives with his guardianship mom to Cape Coral in just a few weeks. It’s just him and I so I will need you guys for support and am thankful that you exsist! I don’t know what I would do if you weren’t! Marc diagnosed with ASD/PDD. Marc is high functioning….yet….

    Sincerely yours,
    Karin Hester Rago

    •  by  Terry Kays

      Hi Karin Just to let you know there is some support available. I suggest you contact APD Agency for Persons with Disabilities http://apd.myflorida.com/area/8/ first. They are the clearinghouse for support and can help. Contact AutismConnectionSWFL.com for a social group. We are having our annual conference Sept. 12 here in Naples where you can meet many of the support groups in the area. See our events page for tickets.
      Thanks for your interest.

  3.  by  Bruce Diamond

    This is Rabbi Bruce Diamond of Fort Myers. My son Noah is 35 an is autistic (“Asperger’s”). He is capable of independent living and has been trying a little place of his own close to me, but now may need a little bit more. I believe he would do well in shared housing arrangements or something like that. Any suggestions? Thanks BD

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