The Chicago Tribune reports today of parents with developmentally disabled children not being able to find housing for them as adults.
Consider the following:
Aging out of the state’s public special education system, Nick [22, who has been diagnosed with autism] now stays at home, where his mother worries he is becoming more and more isolated and losing what he has learned. She wants to get him into adult programs funded by the state that would continue his training and maybe even set him up in a group home.
Nick is among nearly 20,000 disabled adults in Illinois who are on a waiting list to get into adult programs.
The Department of Human Services replies that 600 have been placed this year.
When I was State Representative, the most heart-rending calls were from parents of such individuals in the 80’s wondering who would care for their children after they died.
Sometimes a call would result in a placement.