The goal for most adults is achieving independence and self-reliance. This is also true for people with Down syndrome.
While some are unable to manage independent living, for many people with Down syndrome, it is an attainable goal.
There are a myriad of solutions, ranging from living with parents to living in group homes to living independently with few supports. None are right or wrong – all can be appropriate based on the needs and skills of the individual.
Regardless of the option, each individual deserves to be accorded respect as an adult and allowed as much independence as possible.
Creating support systems is crucial.
Those should be based on positive attitudes – on assessment of what the individual CAN do. Once skills are inventoried, families can identify what can and cannot be done.
By reducing supports to the minimum needed, and providing them in the least intrusive manner, individuals have a greater chance to succeed.