Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Years on Wait Lists Await Adults Seeking Support

For 30 of her 48 years, Suzy Graves of Overland Park has been sorting things in a work program with Johnson County Developmental Supports. Sometimes it’s herbs going into little bags with stickers, sometimes it’s the components of medical testing kits.
She likes it fine, she says, because “you get back in the swing of things, get back in normal life.” And of course, there’s the paycheck.Graves has been at JCDS almost from the minute she graduated from high school. Back then, it was possible for people with developmental disabilities like cerebral palsy and autism to go straight from school into a job doing the kind of work Graves does.

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