Caregivers say not enough services available for people with developmental disabilities

Published: Dec. 12, 2018 at 6:44 PM CST
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A Kansas woman says there needs to be more services for people with disabilities and their caregivers.

This comes after a grandmother was arrested for leaving her grandson with autism alone at a rest stop.


Now, many of you are asking what services are available for families who might need help.

Shelby Lewis says her brother has high functioning autism. She says being a caregiver can be difficult.

"We love them so much, but sometimes the relationships can become toxic and you don't get to get away from it," said Lewis.

She says it can be a struggle taking care of someone with a developmental disability. Lewis says more services are needed to help everyone involved.

Several Kansas organizations that work with youth and adults with developmental disabilities say if a family or caretaker is in an emergency situation, the person can be put in a 'crisis placement'.


says to contact the

to get information and services if you need it, but it says it can take years on a waiting list to get respite care or day services for family members.

Lewis says it's a sad situation all around.

"It almost makes me come to tears because it's tough when you walked in those positions, when you love that person so much, but a lot of the time it's a constant battle," said Lewis.

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