Effort to help care for disabled adults

Issue discussed at meeting in Holyoke on Thursday

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a problem that parents of disabled children eventually face: who will care for their sons and daughters when they grow up? Jericho in Holyoke, the agency that helps disabled children and adults, confronted the issue on Thursday.

Sarah Aasheim of Belchertown has a 12 year old daughter with emotional and physical issues, and worries about what will happen if she is no longer here.

“We are able to meet a lot of Sabrina’s needs now, but are we going to be around to meet when she’s an adult. When we’re not around, we’re going to meet these needs for her. Who’s going to be able to support her?”

The parents and Jericho staff discussed where the disabled young adults would work and how they would get around when those family members closest to them can no longer be of help.

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