Saturday, June 18, 2011

Seeking a Chance to Live Independently

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- How will my child fare when he leaves home? And what will happen to him when I'm gone?
These are questions most parents worry about. But they weigh especially heavily on the parents of children with autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.
"Parents say this all the time: 'When I'm no longer here, I want to know they're still going to have a place to live and somebody is going to make sure they're OK,'" said Jim Whittaker, executive director of The Arc Jacksonville. "That's the biggest fear the majority of families have."

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