There is a wide range of abilities among people with Williams syndrome. Fortunately, there are also a growing number of transition and post-secondary options for individuals with differing abilities, making college or college-like programming possible for many. The level of support available for students varies among the programs. Many programs focusing on independent living skills, practical academics (such as check balancing and money management), social development and vocational preparation rather than traditional academics also provide a college-like experience.
Adults with WS are entering the workplace with greater frequency and in a variety of paid and volunteer positions, with most working an average of 16 -20 hours per week. State-run agencies such as DDS, Vocational Rehabilitation and others as well as private organizations such as Creative Spirit and others can be helpful for both job training and placement.
Just as there are many options for work, there are many different supported living options that can be suitable for adults with WS. Some adults with WS are able to live completely on their own, with or without, a roommate. Others are living semi-independently (usually with a roommate) in a supervised apartment complex where they receive minimal to moderate amounts of support. Still others live in group homes with other adults with a variety of disabilities, and some prefer to stay at home with their parents. The choice for an appropriate living environment is often influenced by the availability of public transportation and proximity to the adult’s workplace. Local Arc groups, State Developmental Disabilities Councils and other disability-related groups can help locate local agencies that can help to prepare your son or daughter for independent living and work with your family to find the supported living option that works best.