In this video, Sarah and I each share the #1 thing that we’ve learned over the last 5-years working together to help Sarah get a home of her own!
Moving forward, I’ll be releasing a weekly video to share more insights and tips to support your loved one with a developmental disability to create their own awesome ‘ordinary’ life.
Also, I’ve created the Ultimate Guide to Independence for People with Developmental Disabilities and their families, which shares the top five most effective things we can do to support a person with a developmental disability to grow their independence.
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I would like to hear about what supports are in place – in home community support aids, etc and whether those supports are self paid or through a waiver program.
So happy for Sarah that she has been able to make that step! I have a 26 year old daughter who would love her own place. Safety and support are the two biggest concerns.
Hi Pam, Thank you for your questions! I’ll add home safety and support to my list for future videos.
Thank you for sharing Sarah. Your story will inspire many other people to believe they can have their own home one day as well.
Thank you for the kind message, Sheelagh. I will make sure Sarah sees it. -Eric
Sarah is a very beautiful person. I’m super excited that you transitioned her by sharing your home; with her for a while and got her to live on her own. It was great to see her answer questions although hard for her to mouth the words easily. Sounds like she has a great constitution, she must be proud? I can see she is not afraid of being alone, or trying new things, country and urban transition is not something my GD can do. Have you thought of getting her a pet she can accommodate?
She may not get angry being on her own, a trick I heard on another workshop for FASD is to mimic your problems, like; wow I’m upset that I broke the dish; I think I will sit and listen to some soothing music; to calm me down, talk out loud about what’s on your mind so they can mimic your response. Another suggestion is just what you did, a lot of family members, neighbors always see the aggravating side of the person, it was suggested to video some great things the person has accomplished and utube it to those friends; they can see the gifts they have, it will show others that they really are gifts, and deserve a life. I hope this was a positive response and helped with some things we have to continually work with our FASD survivors. One of the suggestions below you could use your web cam and edit it from your desk so she can be the star of the show. just a thought.
Hi Ethel, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas!
So pretty and thank you for the steps you have spoken about
Our pleasure, Claire. Thanks for watching!
Thank you for this introduction video! I would love to see a video of “A Day in the Life of Sarah” in her home and what she does around the house to give us a better idea of how a person with a disability can live independently. Is this in the works?
Hi Ann, I love this suggestion. It isn’t currently in the works, but I’ll keep the idea in mind. Sarah is just getting more comfortable with video and sharing her story. She also just moved and is working on setting up her life in a new city. So, this type of video is more likely on a medium-term horizon. I appreciate the idea! Keep them coming.
Thanks for sharing Sarah & Eric! This is awesome! Looking forward to more of your insights & tips.
Would love to keep hearing about Sarah’s progress in her new place and she’s overcoming her challenges. Blessings to Sarah and her family.
Thank you for the kind words, Teresa!
Stay tuned for more to come 🙂