The job of any parent is to help our children grow and develop so one day they will go out into the world on their own. But for children with autism and the parents who love them, the journey to independence can be challenging and uncertain.

That was the experience for JF&CS client Mike and his family. Mike’s parents wanted him to grow up learning about himself and the world around him. With guidance from educational advocates and the support of his family, Mike attended school, graduated, and eventually earned an associate’s degree.

Mike’s mother says, “Mike had gone through a time of real growth, and we all agreed that it was time to start thinking about how he could live on his own.” The problem was that they didn’t know how to make that happen. She continues, “For most of his life, Mike had access to advocates who could help us meet his needs. But now that Mike was ready to live independently, we didn’t know where to turn. We felt very lost and alone in the process.”

That’s when Mike’s mother turned to JF&CS. Here she found the resources to put Mike on a path  to independence.

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