As their parents get older, who will care for people with disabilities?
America Magazine| May 27, 2018 | Read the article
This article provides statistics and instances of people with disabilities and the difficulties of living independently. It discusses the shortage of new nonprofit group homes, which are replacing institutions and the struggles the government has with fulfilling this need. It also reviews the history of housing for adults with special needs.
“The Matesics [family with an adult with special needs] would like Bob to move into a local group home, with round-the-clock care funded by Medicaid. But there is no room for him. After four years on a state waiting list, he still cannot get a spot.”
Who Decides Where Autistic Adults Live?
The Atlantic | May 26, 2018 | Read the article here
This article looks at early institutions, current laws and regulations and the plight of individuals with disabilities and their families in need of housing options.
“Right now, 80,000 autistic adults are on waiting lists for residential placements that can be up to 10 years long, and the nonprofit advocacy organization Autism Speaks estimates that half a million autistic children will transition to the adult state-by-state funding system over the next decade.”
For Some Moms, the Nest May Never Be Empty
Kveller | September 11, 2017 | Read the article here
This article discusses the reality that most parents of children with a disability face – a life of caring for their children from home.
“Every parent facing down the prospect of an empty nest knows that [it’s hard to have a child leave home]. What I’m not always sure they realize, though, is just how fortunate they are to have children healthy and independent enough to leave home. Not everyone is that lucky.”
Looking Into the Future for a Child With Autism
The New York Times | August 31, 2018 | Read the article here
This article talks about a parent’s struggle to envision a positive future for her son with autism.
“How do you write about the happy life you hope for your child to have when you have a hard time picturing it yourself?”