Ethan's Story

Everyone deserves the chance to shine.

Ethan, 20, has an intellectual/developmental disability and is a senior at a therapeutic day school. He knows that he is different and feels sad at times because he doesn’t fit in. He looks forward to each afternoon, when, as part of a job skills training project, he proudly takes school transportation to his job at a nearby hotel where he wears a uniform like everyone else who works there.

Ethan’s parents, Rebecca and Ira, worry that he is quickly approaching age 22 when critical state funding for this type of life skills support and other services stops. His parents dream of a partnership among families and community organizations that ensures that adults with disabilities like Ethan can find lifelong independence and success.

This dream is now a reality. Encompass explores a sustainable, community integrated future for people with developmental/Intellectual disabilities. Encompass forges innovative partnerships among service providers and the community to make this—and much more—possible for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Guided by a philosophy of person-centered care and the principle that any planning should be done hand in hand with people with disabilities, not for them, Encompass seeks to provide adults with I/DD a full array of financially sustainable, community-based services and supports.

Today, Ethan lives in his own apartment with several friends, continues to work at the hotel and fills his free time with fun activities that match his interests.