Life beyond high school for special needs students and their parents can be difficult and full of uncertainty. Many
high school seniors graduate and go to college, but there are few options for those with some disabilities.
There are community programs which provide social activities for disabled adults or help them find a job. But some disabled people and their families want more.
Michael Jensen is a 24 year old man on the autism spectrum. He has difficulty communicating and interacting with others. His mother, Judy, knew that her son was high functioning with above average intelligence and wanted independence.
“They grow up and they have wants and desires, and I think as parents it’s up to us to help them achieve the most that they could be, like you would any other child,” she said. “They are no different. With my son, he wanted to be independent, and I felt there was no reason he couldn’t be.”