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March 26, 2013

Focused on independence

Program helps young adults with intellectual disabilities

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The program’s two residents now include Christina and a young woman from Marblehead who met Christina at Riverview School. A third woman who lives there provides full-time support. Both young residents presently attend a program called Life Choices at the Cummings Center in Beverly. Another young woman is arriving in June.

LITEhouse is not for everyone. The program does not provide 24-hour nursing staff, so it cannot accommodate someone with serious medical problems. It is also not for anyone with severe psychiatric or behavioral imbalances, Angelina said.

“It has to be a good match,” Korkaris said. The most important thing is that residents have to get along with each other.

“We really, really strive to promote support rather than do for,” Angelina said.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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