In This Issue
Communities to Watch
CMS Attacks Choice Again
Autism Entrepreneurs Center
ACAA Summit Report
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to Watch

We support the efforts of other housing and employment innovators across the U.S.  In this space we will provide links to profiles on our website of communities we think represent the types of new models needed to meet the growing demand for adults with Autism.
This month, please check out:

(Whitehouse, OH)


(Ellensburg, WA)


Trellis Center

(Kittitas, WA)


Carolina Living and Learning Center

(Pittsboro, NC)


Safe Haven Farms

(Middletown, OH)

May 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to e-newsletter #4 from LTO Ventures. To the left you will see icons for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  We invite you to "like" us, "follow" us, or just visit us on those social media channels.

We are raising funds to advance our mission. The yellow "Donate" button will take you to the Donate page on our website where you can make a contribution via credit card.  Every $20, $50, $100 or more is very important.

At the bottom is a link to forward this email to a friend if you think others might be interested in our mission.  If there is anything you would like to share with me directly, email me at
CMS Tries Again to Deny Choice in Community Living

On May 3, 2012 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking -- Federal Register, May 3, 2012, CMS-2249-P2 -- that includes another significant effort to define "home- and community-based settings" in a way that expressly denies choice. See our analysis of the previous effort in this white paper -- Choice v. Olmstead.


The NPRM invites public comment. The deadline for submitting comments is July 2, 2012, not June 4 as originally posted (see correction notice). We will be submitting our comment in opposition to this CMS effort which we will publish here and on our website. We also will publish another white paper analyzing this issue.


We urge anyone with an interest in this issue and a desire to make your voice heard to read the Federal Register, May 3, 2012, CMS-2249-P2 and submit your comments no later than July 2, 2012 according to the submission criteria in the NPRM.

Autism Entrepreneurs Center Announced

LTO Ventures has taken the first step to create what we are calling the Autism Entrepreneurs Center. The mission of the Center is to give ASD adults the specific guidance, tools and resources they need to create, launch and run their own real for-profit or non-profit companies. We plan to pilot the program in Nevada with the first-year goal of creating 12 new incorporated businesses and putting up to 100 ASD adults to work making minimum wage or better in businesses they own.  For more information, visit our website.

Report From Summit of Agricultural Communities for Adults with Autism

LTO Ventures was pleased to attend on May 3-5 the 1st Annual Summit of Agricultural Communities for Adults with Autism (ACAA) at Bittersweet Farms in Whitehouse, OH. 


Close to 50 people attended representing existing and planned communities from across the US, Autism Speaks Housing and Adult Services, and families and ASD individuals looking for solutions.  My 16yo daughter Lindsay joined me on this trip and the Bittersweet Farms staff included her in their daily activities while I was in meetings.


Check out some of these communities linked in the left column of this newsletter.  Sessions covered advocacy at local, state and national levels; building successful funding programs; successful day programs and integrated business enterprises; and, the delicate issue of admissions procedures.


Our biggest takeaways from this summit were the insights into successful programs, new relationships with inspiring and passionate providers, and access to the information we need to try to bring this model to the State of Nevada on behalf of the Community Living and Employment Subcommittee of the Nevada Autism Commission. 


ACAA is a consortium of existing and prospective organizations that focus on sharing best practices and advocate for holistic, agricultural-based employment and housing models for adults with autism.


The LTO Ventures model is not a farmstead per se, but we see agriculture-related employment as a high-value source of jobs for our communities and the existing operators within ACAA have tremendous experience from which we can garner valuable information and insights.

How You Can Help
We are an early-stage company with an innovative model in a rapidly-growing market.  We are always looking for people, money and ideas in the areas below.  Call or email me if you think you can and want to help, or you have someone you want to refer/recommend.
  • Funding - We are presently raising a $50,000 "Groundwork" round.  Every $20, $50, $100 or more moves us that much closer to our goal of making this vision a reality.
  • Board Members - We are looking for candidates located anywhere in the US who buy into and are excited about the chance to make our community model a reality.
  • Advisory Board Members - We are looking for professionals in finance, tax credits, legal, planned community development, and fundraising to be part of a structured advisory board.
  • Subject Matter Experts - We always want to hear from people who have extensive knowledge and experience in all areas related to residential development, and employment of adults with autism.
  • Adults with Autism and/or their Families - Our best source of input and ideas comes from the persons and families who live every day with autism.  You are the people for whom we are creating our communities.
Mark L. Olson, President & CEO
LTO Ventures
Contact: Mark L. Olson, President & CEO; 702 353 6540;