Being an advocate is not easy. Even after 40 years, Rhea still finds it difficult, and understands why many parents don’t do it.
Andy was born with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), a complex genetic disorder which causes him to have a constant urge to eat. For the past 10 years, Andy has lived in one of Advocates' residential programs that is specifically designed to meet the varied needs of individuals with PWS.
Noel had a good job, a college degree, and an active social life. On weekends, he went to clubs with friends. Life was good. Things quickly went downhill when he was arrested and spent six weeks in jail.
MaryAnn is one of the many individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities or autism who attend our Life Skills and Learning Center in Ashland. She has gained confidence from the communication, job, and social skills she has learned there.