Marcus is a twenty two year old adult with Down Syndrome and lives with his parents, Sue and Bill. While Marcus was a teenager his parents saw him exhibit many qualities of independence. He looked forward to challenges and took great pride in his accomplishments. He parents cultivated and reinforced those characteristics throughout high school. Marcus attended a vocational school and then started a part time job upon graduation. His new job quickly turned into a full time job. Marcus is now pushing to live independently and his parents have procrastinated doing the research for his options and alternatives.
Sue has been struggling with the decision of Marcus’ independence. She just always thought Marcus would live with them. Bill and Sue discussed some options with Marcus. They ranged from moving in with a friend that lived above his parent’s garage to the entire family moving into a duplex home with Marcus on one side and his parents on the other.
- While Marcus had many great skills and was actually earning a good wage at his job, Bill and Sue felt that they would need to remain close to assist Marcus as needed.
- Marcus was making a good wage at his job and felt that he should have complete independence. He had several friends and wanted to have them over whenever he wanted.
- One of Marcus’ friends recently was able to move into his own apartment and he feels that he should be able to do the same thing.