This opinion piece in the Boston globe articulates our problem in Massachusetts dealing with funding issues for adults with intellectual disabilities. The young son is turning 21 years old and the friend quotes the mother: “He has opened our hearts and minds to endless possibilities, but the future is scary. We want so much for him to have a full life with friends, a life that brings him joy and an ability to be a contributor to our community through real work and volunteering. Our vision for James’s future is not so different from other parents, just a lot harder to put together.’’
“To live a life in full, he needs a full commitment from the rest of us. Money is part of it. That’s reality.