Chris lived with his grandparents, who served as his primary caregivers. He relied on their consistent care and support throughout his life. What he wanted, however, was a life of his own. He desired the ability to live and work independently. His grandparents, however, could not conceive this as an option. At the time, there was no way to grant Chris the opportunity to live and work on his own while guaranteeing his safety.
Challenge 1: Independent Living
In a residence of his own, Chris’s grandparents would not be able to consistently monitor him and would not have direct access to him in times of need. Though Chris has methods of communication available with his phone, many individuals with special needs experience difficulty utilizing such modes of communication while experiencing stress, overstimulation, meltdowns or other circumstances of requiring assistance.
[It’s] my grandparents wanting to, I guess, keep me safe, and me wanting independence, me wanting to branch out
Challenge 2: Independent Working
Chris wanted to maintain employment and be responsible for his own transportation to and from work. This involved safety risks, including his grandparents potentially not knowing where he was and emergency situations that they would be unable to be aware of or prevent.
Christopher Miguez is a 24-year-old vibrant and enthusiastic young adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Prior to AngelSense, Chris resided with his grandparents, and relied on them for transportation to and from work. Chris purchased AngelSense for himself to allow his grandparents to give him more freedom and branch out into independent living.