More than 3.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Autism Society, and an estimated 500,000 teens with autism will become adults over the next decade, an approximately 15 percent increase in the past two years.

Shine Communities, a real estate developer with experience in people living with autism, recently announced a collaboration with Baya Build, a building technology company, to design and build housing communities specifically for adults with autism. The communities will feature smart home technology from Vivint Smart Home for security and protection that can provide peace of mind for residents and their families.

The first communities, each of which will have 100 apartments, will be built in California and Florida. Shine intends to build 460 such communities across the United States over the next 10 years, eventually housing 50,000 adults with autism.

In addition to housing, the communities will have in-home sensory technology along with life-skill development, mentoring, enrichment and vocational training programs. The focus is to use technology and training to provide a safe environment to promote individual growth and integration into society.