Clay Heighten and Debra Caudy, both retired doctors, have a 19-year old son, Jon, who is on the severe end of the autism spectrum.
The couple gained national attention in January when they announced plans to build a community for people like Jon, on 29 acres of land in the Denton County town of Cross Roads. 
They cited a national shortage of innovative models to provide long-term solutions to young adults with autism as the children transition into adulthood.
The public response to The Dallas Morning News’ original post about the effort was “overwhelming” and spoke to the demand for such a community, Caudy said.
“As a parent, your No. 1 worry is what’s going to happen when we’re no longer here?” said John Foley, who has signed up to be one of the investors.
Foley, a human resources VP from Frisco whose 14-year-old son, Hudson, has autism, met Heighten and Caudy through a colleague in 2009 when the project …