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Volume 3 , Issue 1 Date: Spring, 2003 Topic: Expectations Through Life's Passages

Expectations: Turning 22

by Ericka Deering, Renée Llorente, Trevena Moore

As children with developmental disabilities mature to adulthood, families face new challenges as part of the move toward greater independence. As part of this transition, concerns regarding social relationships, community skills, vocational options and education choices come to the forefront. Family expectations greatly influence and shape the future for these individuals. This is a time to try new things, gain new skills and begin to realize the potential the future brings. It is also a time to plan for support services to help young adults with disabilities live full lives. There are no better people than real people to discuss the challenges and rewards of this special time of transition, such as housing, education, relationships and sexuality. Here are their stories:

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