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5/5-6: Brookwood Network Days, Brookshire, TX
6/7-11: VOR 2014 Annual Conference and Washington Initiative, "Reforming Law and Policy in Support of Person-Center Quality and Choice," Washington, DC
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Special Needs Attorney

Hand Over Hand

Campbell Center for Autism
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HELP of Southern Nevada

Invitation Homes

(*Parent of child or adult with autism)
May 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to e-newsletter #15 from LTO Ventures. 

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Help NV Autism Commission Craft 5-Year Strategic Plan for Autism in Nevada



The Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders is developing a Five-Year Strategic Action Plan to address autism in the State of Nevada and we need the help of Self-Advocates, Parent Advocates, Subject Matter Experts, Educators, Service Providers, Agencies, Non-profits, Government, Disability Councils, Private Advocacy Groups, Businesses, and Key Stakeholders.  The Action Plan will build on the findings and recommendations of the 2008 Autism Task Force.


Four Subcommittees have been created by the Commission to lead development of the Action Plan:

  • Early Childhood Subcommittee (ages 0-6)
  • Youth and Transition Subcommittee (ages 6-18)
  • Adults and Aging Subcommittee (ages 18+)
  • Rural Nevada Subcommittee* (all ages)

*Rural Nevada Subcommittee will be comprised of members of the other three Subcommittees who are on those Subcommittees to represent Rural Nevada interests.  Rural Nevada Subcommittee members will be required to attend meetings of both Subcommittees of which they are Members.


Areas to be addressed in the Five-Year Strategic Plan include, but are not limited to: diagnosis, early intervention, education, transition, housing, employment, insurance, funding, advocacy, and sexuality.  


[VIEW/DOWNLOAD "Five-Year Strategic Action Plan Development" document]



  • Chairpersons - The Commission will appoint a Self-Advocate and/or Parent Advocate as chairperson of each Subcommittee. 
  • Committee Members (Voting) - Each Subcommittee will have a total of five (5) Voting Members (including the Chairperson), of which no less than 50% will be Self-Advocates and/or Parent Advocates.  Voting Members are required to attend all scheduled meetings of the Subcommittee. 
  • Committee Members (Non-Voting) - No limit is placed on the number of Non-Voting Members who are encouraged, but not required, to attend all scheduled meetings.


Contact the Commission (see below) if you want to be a member of one of the Committees and/or if you have information and experiences to contribute in Commission and Subcommittee meetings.


Telephone: (775) 687 4210 - Jill Emery, NV ADSD

Email: - Jan Crandy, NV Autism Commission


Next Commission Meeting - June 10, 2014 @ 9:30 a.m.

Coalition for Community Choice
LTO Ventures is a founding member of the Coalition for Community Choice (CCC).  See the links to PDFs that provide more information about the coalition.
Who is the CCC and it's Principles? [PDF]
The Issues and CCC's Position [PDF]
Coalition for Community Choice (CCC) is a national grassroots collaboration of persons with disabilities and their families and friends, disability rights advocates, professionals, educators, and housing and services providers to advance the principle that community can be experienced in all residential settings.  CCC was created to: 1) promote and defend the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism to choose their residential settings from the broadest range of options; 2) educate federal and state governments on innovative Olmstead-compliant housing alternatives to "one-size fits all" approaches; and, 3) preserve access to essential, publicly-funded services and supports in these settings.
If you have questions and want to be involved now, please contact Mark Olson at
Facebook Posts, Links

The following are news, links, articles, and reports that we posted on our Facebook page.  If you "like" our Facebook page you'll see these as soon as they are posted -
Opportunity Village in Las Vegas announced The Village at Engelstad, a planned housing community for I/DD individuals in Las Vegas, plus a 4th campus and 2nd residential community, and expansion of 3 existing employment campuses. They also announced a $135M capital campaign toward which the Engelstad Family Foundation announced a $35M challenge gift, and Dorothy & Lacy Harber announced a $10M gift toward the challenge.  
Congratulations to Rising Tide Car Wash and the D'Eri family for their well-deserved recognition on NBC News providing jobs for adults with autism. [video]
Cape Cod Village, Inc. in Orleans, MA. Project model very similar to Sweetwater Spectrum and proposed in a very cool part of the country. [article/video]
Nice article about Erik's Ranch in Montana. [article]

Wonderful article about my friend Krista Mason and her inspired community, Benjamin's Hope.  [article]
Beautiful photo series in of Marcus O'Loughlin, son of Erin O'Loughlin, founder of 3 Irish Jewels Farm in Cary, NC, to illustrate the new CDC 1-in-68 prevalence report.
Previous Newsletters Available Online

The previous 14 LTO Ventures newsletters are available online and can be accessed by visiting this page of our website -
How You Can Help Us

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 our $50,000 "Groundwork" round to fund LTO Ventures operations and model development.  (visit the DONATE page of our website for details on how you can contribute).
  • Board Members - Visit the Careers section of our website for details on the characteristics of the people we would like to consider joining our board.
  • 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;