University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

The Hild Family

Mom and sons walking in the park
"Lucas needs to be challenged every day."

Twenty-seven-year-old Lucas has intellectual disability, autism, and ADHD. When Lucas was in school, his parents advocated for integrated classroom settings so he would learn how to interact with others once he became an adult.

After he turned 20, the family was able to utilize funds from the Money Follows the Person program to help Lucas transition into an apartment, where he lives on his own along with 24-hour support staff.

His receptive ability is much higher than his expressive ability, so he still struggles to communicate his needs and emotions. "Lucas needs to be challenged every day," said Lucas' mom, Nancy.

Man petting dogMan working with speech therapistMan and father sitting by the lake