My name is Josette Duncan. I am a graphic designer/production editor for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). I am also the kitchen manager for Arin's Good Girl Dog Treats, a company that employees individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I have two adult sons, Stefan and Nathan, and they are the joys of my life. Nathan has Down syndrome and I never imagined 27 years ago that his life would lead me to my purpose – to figure out a way to make his life as productive and fulfilling as possible and for others like him.
Why I Got Involved
Nathan has the same dreams and desires for his future as other young adults. He wants to live a purposeful life surrounded by friends and family but not completely dependent on them. Unfortunately, his options are limited. When I began researching options, I came across the cohousing community model – an intentional community of private homes surrounded by shared spaces and activities. This model has been used in other communities to combat homelessness and has given senior citizens another option to retirement homes so I thought why couldn’t it be another option for the special needs community. A community like this would allow my son to have his independence but also give me the peace of mind that he’s in a safe place.