Raising a child with disabilities is inevitably a challenge. Having a child who is leaving the special education system in these tough budgetary times is especially daunting. Young adults who would qualify for a group home five years ago are now told they do not meet the eligibility requirements. Day and work programs that were once virtually guaranteed for those completing special education are now quite limited. Therefore, when Doreen and I speak at a program such as this, we must balance real limitations with a sense of hopefulness. We do this by giving examples of how families have met these challenges. We present creative solutions to very difficult problems.

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