From the Washington Post:
Impending budget cuts in suburban Fairfax County are threatening to close a program that helps adults with intellectual disabilities build independent lives. The 20-year-old program has a $1 million annual pricetag.
Mary Yates, 22, and her parents had been planning on using the program to help launch her into a new life when she graduates from Fairfax High School this year. Now families like the Yates’ are being faced with difficult choices about how they will care for their children.
Bill and Elizabeth Yates fear their daughter’s hard-won educational gains will slip away, and that one of them might have to stop working to look after her. “It’s very possible she may be graduating to the couch,” said Bill Yates.
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