Chris is a 29-year-old man who resides in Hinsdale, Massachusetts, with his mother, Sally, his niece, Marta, and her family. Chris currently works as a custodian through Advantage Employment Network. He has been employee there for more than seven years. He enjoys his work and his co-workers. Chris has Down syndrome.
Chris loves the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – the subject of the Broadway musical, the Jersey Boys, which also was made into a movie. Chris knows many of the songs by heart. He watches the Jersey Boys and Under the Streetlamp movies several times a week. For his birthday in 2015, Chris realized one of his dreams and saw the Jersey Boys live on Broadway in NYC with a group of friends!
He enjoys spending time with his great-nephews Sebastian and Gabe; he watches WWE wrestling with Sebastian on Monday and Friday nights. Chris enjoys listening to country music, especially songs by his favorite artist, Tim McGraw. He also loves to watch ‘The Voice’ and ‘America’s Got Talent.’
In the fall of 2015, Chris’ family was approached by the Department of Developmental Services about guardianship for Chris as part of the discussion of future planning. His mother Sally did her research and spoke with her family and others close to her and to Chris to further understand the options.
After Sally heard about the Supportive Decision-Making Pilot, she and Chris met with staff from the Center for Public Representation and Nonotuck. Chris and Sally agreed that supported decision-making would be a perfect fit for Chris because he likes to be his own boss, and he seeks the help of his family members and friends in sorting out the issues to make an informed decision. Chris’s supported decision-making team includes his mother, his sister Cyndi, his niece Marta, and his friend Maggy, who also is a Nonotuck care manager.
Supported Decision-Making has been working well for Christian and he was even able to use his Supported Decision-Making Agreement to help him get a Massachusetts Identification Card.