Every state has a program that pays for care for severely disabled children to live at home, but not every state continues that care into adulthood. When Dupree was 19, he started Nick’s Crusade — an online campaign to change the rules in Alabama.
Just a few days before his 21st birthday, he won. In 2008, he decided to move to New York City.
“I assisted him moving to New York, which was very, very scary for me,” says Dupree’s mother, Ruth Belasco. “But, I figured that his joy would outweigh my fear.”