Instead of talking about wide strikes and generals, we are doing something else here. We & # 39; Raising the personal level, transferring young adults with special needs is one of the biggest challenges in finding a home for the first time. We're going to talk about what's happening in one of the East Coast states: Connecticut.
Currently, Connecticut has more than two thousand adults with intellectual disabilities. Most of them live with their families, though they desperately want to be independent and live their own lives. Some have waited so long for their primary caregivers – the legal risk of losing their parents.
Connecticut state laws promise to find housing for these people, on the basis of which three of their priority tasks qualify for housing within one year of the priority championship and five years in the lower order. But there is a problem. Waiting list broken. The primary system does not work. No one gets an apartment, and they all just wait.
The first issue is that state law prevents any mentally handicapped person from staying in one of the state and group homes if they are abused, abandoned, or removed from their primary caregivers. There are literally families in Connecticut where the primary caregivers are retiring decades later, and the children with special needs who are caring for them are approaching retirement age.
The second problem is that there is simply no funding for projects that are supposed to develop a waiting list. The state has a billion-dollar budget for the Department of Developmental Disability, and most of it supports the 961 people who currently occupy all the state-of-the-art facilities for adults with disabilities, leaving the other 1,110+. just waiting. One family has spent more than 23 years in a single "wait a year" priority group, and for over two decades has not even listened to their job reserves. Their daughter is now 42 and her parents are about 70.
The third problem & # 39; aging & # 39; process. By the time a person with a disability turns 21, all federal funds that support their education and therapy are simply ending. On the 20th they have speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, several teachers, counselors, etc. … and on the 21st they have their parents. It puts an unbelievable burden on parents, but it also means that the waiting list is growing every day … and never narrowing.
Fortunately, Connecticut is just one state. Unfortunately, this is not always better. Of the entire population, considering the entire population of people with special needs, 53% of them still live at home with their parents. Another 31% live in auxiliary, supervised or auxiliary homes, 11% live on their own, 3.5% live in foster care, and 1.5% live in state institutions. Regardless of where you live, unfortunately, if you are an adult with special needs, living with your parents is the norm.