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Adults living with special needs miss out on opportunities amid labor shortage

The Story

Services for special needs adults are less available due to a staffing shortage. Local restaurants, stores and other businesses are hiring now that the COVID-19 pandemic is waning, but that impact is being felt in the adult special needs industry, too. It’s been over a year since Todd Embury has been able to bring his son Garrett to an adult day program at Options, Inc. in Big Lake, Minnesota. Garrett would typically come to Options to take part in activities with other adults living with special needs or work at a job in the community with the help of an Options staff member. Staffing shortages have left Options without the ability to welcome back some of their clients into the program, however.