11 hours ago
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Kids and adults with special needs who give you hope
Back after Max was born, I spent a lot of time emailing moms on The Pediatric Stroke Network e-loop. I was especially interested in connecting with ones whose kids were older six and up. Hearing that their children were walking, talking and generally doing OK gave me the hope I was hungry for. The doctors hadn't given us much to go on.
Now when one of you tells me how much Max gives you hope, it thrills me—because I know how you feel, because I am glad Max gives you comfort, and because I am grateful that he is doing as well as he is.
I also look to older kids and adults for hope about Max's future. This week, inspiration struck three times: first with a post by Susan Senator about her son Nat, 22, who has autism and who just moved into a home, with staffers to assist him and his roommates. And then by this video I found about young adults with special needs who live together in a group of apartments in California.