Navigating The ‘Services Cliff’: What Happens When Adults With Special Needs Turn 21

THE KOJO NNAMDI SHOW ON NPR / WAMU 88.5 (4/1/2019)LISTEN – Transitioning to adulthood can be daunting. And for those with special needs, the process can be especially challenging.

Although the population of adults with special needs has skyrocketed, options for many education and occupational therapy programs shrink after individuals turn 21. For instance, in the next decade, an estimated 500,000 people with autism will enter adulthood, with nearly 424,000 on wait lists for residential services, according to the Autism Society of America.

So, how do individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities –and their families– navigate the road to adulthood? And what resources are available in our region to help?

Produced by Julie Depenbrock

Guests

  • Jillian Copeland – Founder, Main Street, an inclusive, community-centered residential development in Rockville, Maryland
  • Barbara Brown President – Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
  • Melonee Clark – Outreach and Resource Program Administrator, The Arc of Prince George’s County
  • John Bogasky – Parent and Special Olympics Volunteer

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This story aired on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on 4/1/2019. A recording and transcript are available here.