Andy

Andy lives with a moderate level of autism. He lived with his mother well into his forties, working a part-time job at Costco and pursuing his hobbies, including ham radio operation. When his mother passed away, he moved to a Skill Development Home funded by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).

Andy lives with a moderate level of autism. He lived with his mother well into his forties, working a part-time job at Costco and pursuing his hobbies, including ham radio operation.

When his mother passed away, he moved to a Skill Development Home funded by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Planned Lifetime Assistance of New Jersey (PLAN/NJ) set-up Representative Payee services to assist him with continued advocacy and oversight to ensure his safety, health and well- being.

During this transition, an elderly aunt stayed involved with Andy, and contacted PLAN/NJ when she noticed that there was a lack of quality supportive services for him at his new home. She knew Andy could not advocate for himself, that he was capable, and that he deserved much more.

PLAN/NJ provided advocacy services for Andy, working with his aunt and various social service agencies to better meet his needs and help him maintain his job, his hobbies, and activities. Together, this team of support was able to help provide a better quality of life for him including arranging more suitable housing arrangements.

Over time, as Andy aged and his needs became greater, the Court appointed PLAN/NJ Guardian along with his elderly aunt. Thanks to the help of PLAN/NJ, Andy still lives in the community, empowering him to choose and realize goals while living his life as fully and independently as possible.