These stories describe our journey with Ben, our oldest son. Ben is a sweet and energetic redhead, born with a rare genetic mutation.
My husband, Ryan, and I try to keep up with Ben and his two younger brothers. I intend to shed insight into raising a child with disabilities and pass on the wisdom we’ve earned over the past two decades.
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Rainbow Camp 2014 - Week Ends Too Fast
Ben may have been asleep in the car minutes before he got to camp, but once he awoke and realized where he was, his excitement was visible. Rainbow Camp is part fun, part spiritual activities, but mostly about forming bonds and friendships with other campers, buddies and counselors. Hugs are abundant at this camp.
This year, during their week of training, the counselors watched as a few of the parents of the campers talked about their child, the best ways to work with their child and finally, what Rainbow Camp means to their family in a video. Below is the video of me speaking about these things. I was lucky to have some help from Ryan, a family friend.
Elizabeth, Ben's former teacher and now our family friend
never misses a chance to give Ben a hug.
Each day, a team of youth counselors create a puppet show for the group.
"Parenting an Adult Child with Disabilities" is a series on eSpeciallyBen. As Ben approached 18, it was clear our role changed as parents. We needed to help Ben transition into adulthood. These stories are meant to assist other families who face, or will face, some of the same challenges. Talking About the Future Guest Post - Matt Wilson Legal Guardianship, Medicaid and SSI Researching Group Homes Questions to Ask at a Group Home Visit Referral Packet for Group Homes Getting Assistance from a Care Manager From Group Home Placement to Discharge Reaching for Independence
Ben in the middle with Dad (left), Carla Payne with Aging Care Matters and Mom This is the first of several posts about parenting an adult child with a disability. Ben will be 19 this summer; I am learning along the way. As always, I hope to pass on resources and wisdom. Discuss the future. If your adult child is able to participate in planning for their future, ask them how they envision it. Let them draw a picture. Ask them to tell you a story. Maybe they can sign a few words that mean a lot to them. Find a way to get them involved. How do they see themselves living? By themselves, in a group home, with another family or with a sibling? Where do they want to live? In another city, in an apartment, in a house? How far away do they want to live from family? What level of independence can they handle? Do they want someone to check in on them? Do they want to find a job? Do they need a job coach or supportive employment? Who will help them with their finances? Is there someone they tru
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