Ranchers also participate in their community by volunteering at other nonprofit organization such as Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society or just picking up garbage at local parks.
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, and the numbers are increasing. It is a neurological disorder that interferes with normal development of reasoning and communication skills. It changes the life of the person with autism, and it creates trepidation in the hearts of their family.
Historically, most of the focus has, of course, been on children, while there has been a dramatic shortage of programs and facilities for the adults whom those children one day become. Adults whose behaviors are so fragile, whose hold on the real world is often so tenuous, and whose now aging parents know all too well the frightening alternatives to leaving home. With the passing of time, those parents find it more and more difficult to maintain the painfully won gains made during the school years, once that support system is no longer present.
Now, there is help available. Rusty's Morningstar Ranch is an answer long sought, carefully planned, and implemented with a delicate sensitivity for families as well as Ranchers. We have almost ten acres of serene beauty where Rusty and the other Ranchers have begun their new life. Professional "helpers" see that they have meaningful work, build strong, caring relationships and are given the opportunity to get in touch with nature and themselves.
The program is located on a mini-ranch in Cornville Arizona with programs working with animals, in gardens, on landscaping projects and on general maintenance.
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Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch focuses on serving individuals with autism that have significant issues that would make it difficult to succeed in other programs. These behaviors include self-injurious behaviors, aggressiveness, repetitive stereotypical behaviors and severe sensory processing challenges.
The community in which you live is important. Those you live with can influence happiness and impact overall well-being. Rusty's Morningstar Ranch provides a safe, nurturing environment for adults with autism in a productive, "whole life" ranch setting, assuring quality and value to each individual according to his or her needs and abilities.
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Rusty's Morningstar Ranch will strive to be the finest example of residential care and the premier resource for adults with autism. We aspire to attain financial self-sufficiency and to provide for the life-long needs of each resident in a Christian environment, with dignity and respect, through loving relationships, quality housing, exceptional staff and creative, stimulating programs.
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All staff are specifically trained to understand behaviors often related to autism and the behaviors will be supported with positive behavior supports instead of looking first to medication.
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At RMR, everyone is family including ranchers and staff. We eat family styles meals with everyone sharing in their turn to say the prayer before meals. Volunteers provide church services for those ranchers that would find it difficult to attend church in the community.
Ranchers also have the opportunity to go swimming, participate in a weight-lifting program, ride horses, collect eggs from the chickens, and go hiking in the beautiful Verde Valley. Away from the ranch, they go to spring training baseball games, attend concerts, go out to eat and a variety of other activities in their community that they choose to participate.