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Lisa Masters founded Autism Life and Living Inc. because she is passionate about solving the severe housing crisis that adults with autism have faced for decades.

With her next fundraiser, she hopes to raise awareness of the problem.

ALL’s Brunch on the Green is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 at Singh Meadows in Tempe.

The outdoor brunch will include a choice of eggs Benedict or French toast, fresh seasonal fruit, pastries, coffee, tea, juice, blood orange mimosas or Bloody Mary. A ticket will be provided for alcohol and additional drinks can be purchased.

A resident of Norterra, Masters is delighted that fans are seeing Singh Meadows, located on the former Rio Salado golf course. The facility was maintained with pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals. Owner/farmer Ken Singh removed unwanted additives from soil and water to create the 72-acre oasis.

“Singh Meadows is beautiful,” she said. “He is an organic farmer. He transformed the clubhouse of the golf course into a bistro, the Barking Bodega. It took a few years to eliminate all the chemicals from the earth. It has a farmer’s market on site. It’s really very nice. He gives us the place and the bistro takes care of the brunch.

The 80 guests will be seated in tents while modern acoustic guitarist Bill Dutcher entertains. He also donated his services.

“We’re going to have a silent auction, and we have some fun things people can bid on,” she added. “We have a Cardinals football, signed D-backs baseball, spa packages, electronics and weekend getaways.”

A professional photographer will take photos of the guests. The masters will send the photos to the customers to thank them for their presence.

Games include a hole-in-one contest on a simulated green, an oversized Connect Four and bocce ball.

Of the 7.3 million people with autism/IDD in the United States, 6.14 million do not receive publicly funded residential support. They are forced to live with aging and sometimes sick relatives, to go to the next “available bed” or to become homeless.

Masters, a single mother of two autistic young adults, is determined to change that narrative.

“I couldn’t sit back and wait for our government to act. I had to do something,” Masters said.

Guest speakers will take to the podium and talk about the nonprofit and what the public can do to help. Included is Jay Naddeo, a young man on the spectrum.

“When I speak, I will share the story and the data,” Masters said. “Basically it is a market analysis of the adult housing crisis, the prevalence rate and what is needed and why, and what we can do to achieve it.

Masters is looking for sponsors; interested parties should email him at

[email protected]

Autism Life and Living is still in the start-up phase. He doesn’t have any houses yet but is looking for sponsors, donations and even a builder or contractor to help him make it happen. In the meantime, Masters said she was just trying to raise awareness about the issue.

“We’re trying to reach out to the community and tell them that this is a very big housing crisis that’s been going on for decades that no one has heard of because they (adults with autism) have no say,” she said. noted. “They have been forced to live with aging and sick parents, and that seems to suit society and our government. They do not have specialized and safe housing for them.

Autism Life and Living Inc.’s mission is to provide safe, supported and affordable housing for adults with autism. Its Support Services program connects adults with autism/IDD to organizations that provide job training, life skills, and other services that promote independence and independent living choices.

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