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Erik's Ranch Now Taking Reservations

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Autism is one of the fast growing development disorders in the United States.

Now, a non-profit organization in Montana is taking reservations for a Paradise Valley retreat operated by adults with autism.

Today, one in 80 children is diagnosed with autism in the U.S. Just 10 years ago only one in 125 were diagnosed, according for the Centers for Disease and Control.

Now the framework is going up to give young adults with autism a chance to live and work in Paradise Valley.

So far, only one of the 24 guest cabins at Erik's Ranch is being built. It should be ready May 1.

Erik's Ranch spokeswoman Mary Nelson said it is designed for those affected by autism to have a little getaway.

"Autism is 24-7, 365 days a year and it is difficult to get away and have rest and one of the things we want to focus on is allowing families that have children with autism a chance to rest and recuperate," said Nelson.

Once the entire ranch is completed in about a year or two, Nelson said Erik's Ranch will be home to 42 people that perform a wide range of tasks around the guest ranch

"We find out what their strengths, what their interests are, what their talents are," said Nelson. "Let's say someone really likes to cook. They can be the chef."

It is for experiences like this, contractor Jeff Radick wanted to be a part of building the ranch.

"It's the chance to give back from our entire industry to create something that is going to be here when we're gone," said Radick.

Nelson agrees.

"It does my heart good because there is a huge population of under-served population of individuals who really deserve all the chances everyone else does," said Nelson.

Erik's Ranch is still seeking donations to help finish building the ranch.

If you would like to donate, apply to work at Erik's Ranch or make a reservation, click here.



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