Scotty moved from his family home to Supportive Living at 21 years old. Having Down Syndrome and Apraxia, which makes it difficult for the brain to communicate with his body, Scotty had never lived away from home.
The transition took much preparation. The day his parents left him with his supportive living staff, he was more than ready—he escorted his parents to the door and told them it was time for them to go home.
Through Supported Living, Scotty has learned to communicate with his supportive staff to teach them his personality and needs. This is a special challenge for him because he has limited speech and relies on signs, gestures, and his incredible persistence to get his message across.
Scotty has also been able to develop and apply his humor and his empathy in life. He loves to tease, and he is very sensitive to the moods of others. If someone is feeling bad, Scoot can sense it immediately and take appropriate action to help them. He loves to help and to make people feel better.
Scotty remains close to his parents, Max and Pam, and visits with them several times a week. He enjoys getting out into the community as much as possible, and if it’s not with his parents or staff it is with his social membership through organizations such as Friday Friends or RADD.
His life in supportive living has also included many community and social experiences. He has been involved in camps, COMPASS trips (like Disneyland and an ocean cruise), and visits to the State Capitol to express his point of view. COMPASS helps provide a bigger and better community for Scotty to thrive.
Scotty’s future holds many possibilities. He is a loving and helpful person who enjoys having fun. He is the kind of person everyone likes to be around. With COMPASS supporting him, he will continue growing as a person and contributing to his expanding community.