Jon, 17, takes a moment to himself while swinging in the backyard of Peruville. Jon is non-verbal and has been a resident of the Peruville house, a house for boys with autism, since it first opened.

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A house called Peruville is located in Freeville, New York, for boys and young men with autism ranging in age from 15 to 21. The boys live together year-round as caretakers come and go to provide support and care similar to that of parents. Often the boys are still in touch with their parents, but their parents cannot provide the high quality care that Peruville does.

Jon, 17, sits and pets a piece of fur. He can sometimes be found sitting alone even if other boys are playing around him. The basement of Peruville is a multipurpose area outfitted with a television, couches and toys.

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Jon, 17, grasps staff member Pam's hand in the backyard of the Peruville house.

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Staff member Robin helps Jon, 17, pick up legos by forming a pouch in his shirt. One of the goals of the house is to encourage skills for independent living.

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Hiding in a cardboard box becomes a new game for Jon, 17, who hid and played during supervised free time.

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From left, Assistant Director to Peruville, Xhem hugs Warren, 21. Warren has been a resident of the house for 6 years.

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Often, Jon, 17, will go to his room for some alone time. Beforehand, Robin escorted him to his room and gave him a high five.

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As part of the “sport and splash” activities, Francis, 15, and Jeff, 21, play dodgeball. Jeff has been a resident of the house since it opened and Francis has been a resident for one year.

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Jon places his hand on a rake in a wheelbarrow as staff member Pam stands on the other end. Jon will often repeatedly tap objects with certain fingers in this manner.

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Ryan, 24, watches TV in the basement of Peruville. Ryan has been a resident of the house for three years.

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