Age Appropriate - Adults

The following section contains introductory information regarding adults with Williams syndrome.

This information is provided from the Fulfilling Dreams book.

Adults

Adult life can open new horizons and new opportunities for growth. Leaving high school does not signal an end to learning. Many young adults with Williams syndrome are entering post secondary programs - both academic and life skills oriented, and many express a desire to live and work outside their parent�s home.

As parents we are faced with the challenge of helping our adult children realize their dreams - a challenge with very sweet rewards when we see our children, happily living on their own and maintining full or part time employment in a job they enjoy.

In order to successfully meet the challenge we will need to arrange (through the school system or private agencies) vocational assessments, work experiences, and government support (through SSI, Vocational Rehab Agencies, Developmental Disabilities Councils etc). If your child wishes to continue in a post-secondary program, you will need to research the many types of available options, and you will need to start as early as possible to research independent living options such as supported living, group homes, adult foster care, private residential programs or even home ownership.

Medical vigilance must also continue as adulthood for those with WS is not without health concerns.

There is much to do, but it is not necessary to embark on these challenges alone or without support.