An Innovative Housing Solution for Adults with Autism



                          


Our Mission

To provide adults with autism innovative, community-based, long-term housing that offers individuals choice and challenges each resident to reach his or her highest potential.
 
 
 


Sweetwater Spectrum
369 Fifth Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476, U.S.A.
707.996.3104
info@sweetwaterspectrum.org 

Founding Principles
  • Celebrate and support the full range of autism spectrum disorders.
  • Encourage active resident involvement in their home, household, neighborhood and surrounding communities.
  • Provide access to productive  enriching choices that support a life with purpose.
  • Offer the potential for lifetime residency.
  • Utilize autism-specific design, which addresses both safety and sensory issues.
  • Nurture high-value relationships between residents, families and support staff.
  • Accommodate a broad financial spectrum.
  • Create and foster a model that can be replicated nationwide. 

 

Press Democrat- Feature Article

 "Sonoma Gives"

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Landscape Architecture Magazine- Honor Award

 
Sonoma Landscape Architects, Roche + Roche were honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects for their work in residential design here at Sweetwater Spectrum!   

 

Sonoma Valley Fund Volunteer Honors 


As founders, Carolyn Klebanoff and Fred Cohen have provided bright, guiding wisdom instrumental in the development of Sweetwater Spectrum.  

Carolyn’s tireless leadership, commitment and donation of time and energy as board president and working member of most Sweetwater board committees has shaped the quality of the Sweetwater commitment to excellence. Carolyn’s good will and spirited contribution is accompanied by a oneofa-kind laugh that is as contagious and generous as she is.  

 Fred’s consistent intelligence, sound judgment and practical thinking as an inaugural advisory board member has proven valuable numerous times in the last six years. An innovative, critical thinker like Fred is crucial to the creation of the innovative model that is Sweetwater Spectrum.   

 This organization is fortunate to have the brilliance of these two stars shine on the work we do.  

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Welcome to Sweetwater Spectrum

In 2009, a group of families, professionals and civic leaders came together and founded Sweetwater Spectrum. We collaborate toward meeting an extraordinary need: appropriate, high-quality housing choices in the community for adults with autism.   

Our pilot community has been developed in Sonoma, California. It is intended to embody best practices for housing adults with autism, with the expectation that the model can be replicated elsewhere.

We have built for adults with autism an environment typically not available to them—a place where they have a sense of community and belonging. Sweetwater Spectrum attempts to maximize residents’ individual development and independence so they can live with both purpose and dignity with access to a variety of opportunities.


This residential community is a completely new model. We have researched sites and programs across the country and selected the best elements of existing residential options in a design of a community which is compassionate and pragmatic in the choices it offers adults with autism. What we have created on a small scale is the first critical step in realizing a concept that can be reproduced in communities around California and the U.S.