Kody Anderson has just graduated from highschool in Cowichan, and like his classmates is excited to get into the work force.
However, unlike his friends, Kody has downs syndrome, and his mother says there are no available programs to help him transition out of school.
Sandra Anderson describes Kody as a teenager who loves to cook, and who is an athlete with the Special Olympics.
Right now Kody is enrolled in a summer camp program, but when that ends in a week he will have no where to go except stay at home, and no where to work.
“At this point there are no available programs in the Cowichan Valley; they are either all full or they don’t meet his needs. There are at least 18 young adults that I know that have no where to go, and there’s lots of young adults that have fallen through the cracks.”
“Kody deserves to be out in the community in a program where he can still be included and still grow and learn. My son is probably developmentally twelve, to sit at home and not have a program in the community to me is huge.”
Anderson says it comes down to a lack of government funding, and would like to see money put towards building a Thrift Store with a Cafe attached where people with disabilities can work.
“There are programs out there, but they are full. Most programs go from age 19 until basically the day you die so there is no real movement through these programs.”
In a statement Community Living British Columbia says they “take seriously the concerns of families who have loved ones graduating from high school.” and says they provide support and services to more than 320 people like Kody in the Cowichan area.