The Need

Prior to the 1970’s, most individuals with developmental disabilities were hidden away in institutions, shunned from society and forgotten. over the past 30 years, pioneers, professionals and advocates have worked hard to develop a culture where individuals with developmental disabilities are welcomed into society, particularly the youth. However, it has

become painfully evident that once these young adults age out of available pro- gramming and educational opportunities, their world begins to shrink. ongoing supports, including options for housing, daily living services, social connection to peers and meaningful employment be- come a critical need for this vulnerable population.

135,000 adults with developmental disabilities in the Twin Cities | 101,000 currently living at home.

265,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Minnesota | 198,000 currently living at home.

9 million adults with developmental disabilities in the United States | 6.75 million currently living at home.

Over 25% of family caregivers are aged 60 or older and another 40% are between 41 and 59.

Adults with developmental disabilities age 60 years and older is projected to nearly double from 641,860 in 2000 to 1.2 million by 2030.

In the Twin Cities alone, it is estimated that there are 2,200 Jewish adults, ages 18-54, with cognitive based disabilities. Many are living in scattered sites or group homes, completely disconnected from the Jewish life they desire.

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