The next stage

So a week ago my son turned eighteen. This past Saturday he graduated from high school. I have to say, that while I am extremely proud of him, it hit me pretty hard.

I shed a few tears as I sat there, then a few more as I shared the story with friends & family and today, I shed quite a few more when I red this article entitled “Struggling to Find My Role After Placing my Son with Autism in Residential Care” by Kristen Scott over at The Mighty.

While it’s not my story, it’s perhaps a glimpse into the next stage of my relationship with my son. Fortunately I still have a little while before we get there.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Guardianship in Missouri

It’s funny how running into someone that you haven’t seen for a while and having a five minute conversation can lead somewhere you weren’t expecting to go. Such is the case when a friend that I ran into at the grocery store the other day, and I talked about guardianship.

When he told me that our legislature was looking into re-writing the Missouri Statutes regarding the rules and regulations on guardianship, I was excited. Being a librarian of course, I set out to research what was happening but unfortunately there wasn’t much.

I did however find a website with some information on whose taking on this project and what the status is. The group is  MO-WINGS or Missouri’s Working Interdisciplinary  Network of Guardianship Stakeholders and here’s the website. Now comes the hard part, finding out what comes next and how I can get involved.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Adulthood

So today I came across this article and while it’s not geared towards those with special abilities, I thought it might work in a way to give me a baseline towards what skills my son should have. Then maybe I can work backwards.

The article is entitled “What skills should everyone have by age 18? If you start off adult life unprepared, it will hold you back by Starre Vartan over at the Mother Nature Network. Just a little food for thought in the process.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Missouri AAIDD

Today I went to a really great presentation by the Missouri chapter of American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and I while I had doubts before going, I’m so glad I went. I went to a workshop on Guardianship put on by St. Louis Arc and at the time, I was very unsure of what to do.

The presentation, entitled “Beyond Guardianship: Supported Decision-Making by Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities” by Jonathan Martinis was well worth it. For me, I’m definitely feeling better of which direction to go. If you get a chance to hear him speak, I highly recommend it.

Sincerely-

  

Steve