Partnerships & Alliances

The Homestead has formed collaborative relationships with other organizations in order to help children and adults with autism. Here is a partial list of our friends who collaborate on projects with us:

Autism Society of Iowa

Iowa’s affiliate of the Autism Society of America, serving the special needs of people with autism and their families.

Autism Society of America

The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. They do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

Blank Children’s Hospital Developmental Center

The Blank Children’s Hospital Developmental Center offers early diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for children with developmental disabilities. The specially trained multidisciplinary team of medical specialists and therapists will develop a unique, personalized program for each child. “Our goal is to provide every child with the opportunity to receive care early in his or her development to maximize future potential.” An essential feature of the Developmental Center is a family-centered approach in which diagnosis and treatment plans are individualized for each child and family.

CARF International

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at

Drake University

The Homestead has had a collaborative relationship for several years with Drake University, providing internship experiences for Psychology students interested in pursuing Behavior Analysis as a career.

Heartland Area Education Agency

Features a Task Force which specializes in autism.

Telligen (formerly Iowa Foundation for Medical Care)

Telligen optimizes the quality of medical care and health through collaborative relationships, education, and health information management.

Iowa State University

Students and faculty from ISU shared in the development and ongoing care of the organic apple orchard and methods to teach people with autism how to complete the tasks associated with orchard management.

National Association of Residential Providers for Adults with Autism 

The National Association of Residential Providers for Adults with Autism, or NARPAA, represents organizations from across the United States devoted to supporting the unique needs of adults with autism. The Homestead is a proud member of this group.

VSA Iowa

VSA Iowa – The State Organization on Arts and Disability – is committed to creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts. More than 7,500 youth across the state of Iowa participate in the organization’s free creative and performing arts programs. In 2011, VSA Iowa brought their visual arts programs to The Homestead – providing youth with professional instruction, materials and thoughtful art experiences.

Wild Prairie Learning Center

Helped The Homestead transform four acres of farmland into natural prairie – matching the plants indigenous to our area.