When a woman tells Adam Sillery her birth date in 1985, he answers with the day of the week. And, he’s correct.
But, when he’s told why he must stay home from his job and community activities at Opportunity Partners’ (OP) Asplin Center, that’s harder to understand. He’s had to remain at a group home for almost two months. Staffed 24-7, he and three other men are following the governor's stay at home order.
“It’s very alienating. I don’t think he understands why he can’t do things and why he can’t see us,” said his mother. “It’s very unsettling. The next phase of this is going to be- when do they go back and what’s that going to look like?”
No clear path to normal
As of May 11, there were no set dates for Adam to return to the day program. And, since Margie’s son works for a special minimum wage, she’s fearful that this option may somehow fall victim to the changes that are coming due to virus concerns.
Adam, 28, was diagnosed with a form of autism at age four. He often repeats back what’s being said to him.