Butte MT -While parents of kids with special needs face many struggles, according to Heather Stenson, she says some of the greatest come during the transition into adulthood.
“We need to catch up with the rest of the U.S.,” Stenson said. “Montana is the best place to live, unless you have a disability. If you do, you’re swept under the rug and forgotten about.”
RONAN — Twenty years ago — May 1998 — Julie and Rich Janssen’s son Jake was diagnosed with autism. He was 2 years and 9 months old. It was devastating news for the young parents.
RONAN — “The sooner the better.” Those are the words of Rich Janssen referring to the need for a live-in care facility that provides comprehensive care aimed at adults with autism. None exist in the state of Montana at this point. Rich and Julie Janssen know that because their 23-year-old son Jake was diagnosed with autism approximately 20 years ago when he was 2 years, 9 months old. They have been searching for such a facility to place Jake for the last few years but have come up empty handed.
Ronan boy's autism treatment shows promise
RONAN - Four-and-a-half-year-old Jake Janssen spends most of his day in his Ronan home playing with toys, painting and playing word games with an adult.
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