Born January 2, 1992 Keir (Age 26) is cared for by his father in the family’s home with support from the state programs available in Madison, Wisconsin. Scot, Keir’s father, is paid a minimal amount by the hour for a set number of hours per week to provide care for his son in the family home. Because of Keir’s aggressive behavior, Scot is the only one physically strong enough in the family to care for Keir’s needs. Ruby, Keir’s mother cares for their young adult son Aticus who is also on the spectrum.
For many families the option to send their autistic child to a group home or some other type of institution (if even available) is heartbreaking and not an option they are willing to consider as their child “ages out” at 21 when access to Federally mandated funding is discontinued.