An Innovative Housing Solution for Adults with Autism

Our Mission

To provide adults with autism an innovative, supportive residential community that challenges each individual to reach his or her highest potential.

Sweetwater Spectrum
369 Fifth Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476, U.S.A.

Founding Principles
  • Celebrate and support the full range of autism spectrum disorders.
  • Encourage active resident involvement in their home, 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 long-term, high-value relationships between residents and support staff.
  • Accommodate a broad financial spectrum.
  • Create and foster a model that can be replicated nationwide. 

 Special Event:  "Fly Away" a film by Janet Grillo

To all of our sponsors who made this event so spectacular and successful, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  We couldn't have done it without your generosity and efforts. 
 Sonoma International Film Festival • TPG  
Sondra Bernstein and the catering team at the girl & the fig  
Sonoma Arts Live • Haraszthy Winery 
The Skaff Family • MacArthur Place
 Photography by: Les Boschke
730 Spain Street  
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.