The Difficulties Of Living With A Disability

October 28, 2007

Living independently can be very difficult for people with disabilities. Saturday, a group of families met to try to find a way to make living alone easier for their disabled family members.

The Jefferson Area Transition Council hosted the meeting, where people talked about housing needs.

Saturday was a brainstorming session, all geared at serving the needs of young adults with disabilities.

Things like the need for support services and barriers to obtaining housing were among some of the topics discussed. They looked at apartments, group homes, and communes as possible options.

"This really is something of a diversity issue of providing for young people who have special needs; who have needs to be recognized and respected by the community," said Lucie Stylianopoulous, a mother of a disabled child.

Organizers compiled the results of Saturday's group sessions. They want to take them to the rest of the community and to lawmakers.

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