Ron and Denny live together now, but each lived in a state institution; Ron for 14 years and Denny for 21. Both men have a history of behavioral problems, and officials doubted whether they could adapt to a community setting. With specialized support and encouragement, both are doing better than ever. Denny is an artist… Read more »
For 38 years, Roosevelt lived in various institutions throughout Illinois. Despite his profound disabilities, he’s found a home with Lawrence, a specialized caregiver. Thanks to the advanced support, Roosevelt now enjoys dining, community dances, and his favorite music.
Without any other legal options, Robert lived in an Illinois state institution for two years before he was able to successfully advocate for his own transition to an apartment. Robert is thrilled to live with a roommate and have the choice to work, dine out, catch a movie, and use social media. He is a… Read more »
David spent 25 years living in institutions before he was able to transition to a community living arrangement. Outside an institution he’s been able to explore his hobbies: fishing, billiards, and (with the help of the neighbors) playing guitar. David has grown a lot since moving to a community-based home. His support staff remarks that… Read more »
At the age of 2, Margaret was admitted into an institution and lived there for 63 years. While Margaret is extremely developmentally disabled, she has finally found small ways to express herself and enjoy life with her sister and roommates. Margaret’s sister, Katherine, became her guardian and worked to get her into a community-based home…. Read more »
Eddie spent more than 20 years in state institutions, from the time he was a teenager until he found a community option in 2011. After a difficult history, Eddie has found comfort in his community home. “I go out to eat, I go out shopping, and to basketball games,” Eddie said. He also enjoys going… Read more »