The Faison Residence

residenceIn an effort to offer lifelong support for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, The Faison Centers for Excellence in Richmond has developed Virginia’s first semi-independent living community for adults with special needs.

The Faison Residence, one of the country’s first compassionate communities, allows individuals to transition from typical day school services to a more independent lifestyle in adulthood. This atmosphere helps residents develop daily life skills and also provides health and recreation programs, and volunteer programs.

residence2The Residence features 45 apartments, as well as a community room and recreational facilities for social activities. Approximately a third of the apartments are set aside for adult tenants with special needs who are generally independent but need occasional assistance and supervision. The remaining apartments are rented to the public, making it a truly integrated community with neighbors looking out for neighbors. The apartments also feature smart home and security technology – all embedded transparently into the fabric of this unique residential community. The Faison Residence allows for on-demand, 24/7 care, which improves the quality of care while reducing costs.

Adult Day Services

The Faison School's Adult Day Services program is designed to enrich the lives of individuals with special needs. This strategic community focused program develops, arranges and coordinates learning opportunities like daily living skills, health and recreation programs, and volunteering. Individuals enrolled in the program will enjoy activities such as visits to parks, coffee shops, shopping centers, concerts and sporting events.

The Adult Day Services program is open during regular daytime hours, as well as some evenings and weekends as community activities occur. For more information on the program, please contact

Family Teaching

The Family Teaching program is a new residential choice for Virginia families. This unique community living approach is based upon a Family Teaching Model, in which an individual with developmental disabilities is placed in a single-family home with a professional teaching family.

For more information on this new program, please contact

Support The Faison School

If you are interested in contributing to the development of our new Faison Residence community or other programs for individuals with special needs, please visit our Donations page.