DHDA uses the intentionally non-toxic setting of a local, small, family-owned organic farm as our setting. Environmental toxins, pesticides and herbacides, which may play a role in the rapid increase in the ASD diagnosis, will not be present. Technology will be consistent with the technology of a small organic farm, and a small storefront. Garden spades, hoes, forks and rakes, the tilth of a healthy soil, and the rhythm of the seasons will support the developmental work of the highly trained professionals with the consumers. Indeed, this lack of modern technology is the supportive atmosphere that makes possible the developmental support that is one of the key differences between this model and other models already in existence. Space, mental and physical, will allow professionals to help clients with slower sensory processing and integrating to think and grow.
The small organic farmer and their family will also benefit. Most small farms operate on a very thin margin, and are in constant financial peril. DHDA gives these farmers financial support in the way of rent. In return, the consumers benefit from the non-toxic space of the farm as the place where their developmental support can take place. Consumers and farmers work in a symbiotic relationship that benefits them both, and which benefits the community at large.