Sheltering the Silent

Barbara Chandler, 76, cuddles her 47-year-old daughter Lisa as she rests in a bed during a visit to the Chandler’s home in Tyler, Texas Thursday March 16, 2017. Lisa is a resident at Lufkin State Supported Living Center in Lufkin, Texas which houses about 300 special needs people. Lisa is visually impaired and developmentally delayed. Her condition is linked to complications that arose after treating Encephalocele, a type of birth defect characterized by sac-like protrusions from the brain. Barbara and her husband Max Chandler are concerned the Texas state legislature will cut funding to the center where Lisa has lived since age four due to her severe special needs and disability. "Lisa may outlive me. We need this school to make sure she’s taken care of," Mrs. Chandler said.

The Chandlers arrive at Lufkin State Supported Living Center to pick up Lisa for a weekend at their home in Tyler. Lisa functions on the level as an infant and relies on the round-the-clock caregiving available at this center. The center is also a reasonable drive for her mother to make monthly visits.

Barbara Chandler, 76, takes the hour and a half drive to pick up her daughter from Lufkin State Supported Living Center Thursday March 16, 2017. Chandler’s daughter Lisa, 47, has special needs and has been a resident at the center since age four. Lisa functions on the level as an infant and relies on the round-the-clock caregiving available at this center. The center is also a reasonable drive for her mother to make monthly visits.

Lisa, 47, relaxes in her room at Lufkin State Supported Living Center Thursday March 16, 2017. Lisa is a resident at Lufkin State Supported Living Center which houses about 300 special needs people. Her parents are concerned the Texas state legislature will cut funding to the center in Lufkin where Lisa has lived since age four. "Lisa may outlive me. We need this school to make sure she’s taken care of," her mother Barbara Chandler said.

Barbara Chandler holds her daughter’s hand to lift her up from the dinner table during a visit to her home in Tyler Thursday March 16, 2017. Chandler’s daughter Lisa, 47, has special needs and has been a resident at the Lufkin State Supported Living Center since age four. She likes the sensory feel of the beads around her mother’s arm.

Employee Courtney Abercrombie assists Barbara and Max Chandler with walking Lisa, 47, from her room to their car at Lufkin State Supported Living Center Thursday March 16, 2017. Lisa is a resident at Lufkin State Supported Living Center which houses about 300 special needs people. The Chandlers are concerned the Texas state legislature will cut funding to the center in Lufkin where Lisa has lived since age four.

Barbara and Max Chandler pick up Barbara’s daughter Lisa, 47, from Lufkin State Supported Living Center for a visit at their home in Tyler Thursday March 16, 2017. Lisa is a resident at Lufkin State Supported Living Center which houses about 300 special needs people.

Barbara Chandler sits in the backseat of her car with her daughter Lisa, 47, as her husband Max drives from Lufkin State Supported Living Center back to Tyler for a visit at their home for the weekend.

Barbara and Max Chandler walk Lisa from her bedroom to the dining room for dinner.

Barbara and Max Chandler of Tyler bless their meal with Barbara’s daughter Lisa home for a visit Thursday March 16, 2017. Lisa is a resident at Lufkin State Supported Living Center which houses about 300 special needs people. The Chandlers are concerned the Texas state legislature will cut funding to the center in Lufkin where Lisa has lived since age four. "Lisa may outlive me. We need this school to make sure she’s taken care of," Mrs. Chandler said.

Barbara Chandler, 76, of Tyler communicates with her daughter during dinner at her home Thursday March 16, 2017. Lisa is a resident at Lufkin State Supported Living Center

Barbara Chandler and her husband Max Chandler help Barbara’s adult daughter onto her bed for an afternoon nap.

Barbara Chandler, 76, of Tyler changes clothes for her daughter Lisa, 47, during a visit at their home Thursday March 16, 2017. Lisa lives with severe special needs. She functions on the level as an infant and needs assistance eating.