“It is hard work. The social model of disability teaches us that it is going to be hard work. But, it was also hard work when Matthew was in institutional settings. In institutional settings, it was hard work to make a change because of the powerlessness [against the organization]. Now it [the social model] is hard work, just a different kind of hard work. For example, finding someone to live with Matthew. But now we have control and power.”Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
If not me, then whoIn this video, I answer this question. Click above to watch! … If I am not there to care and look out for my son or daughter, then who will be? It is a big question, but it is also something we avoid talking about because we have to realize our own death. BUT, if we …Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
Over the past few years, I’ve been thinking deeply about how to best support families with a loved one with a disability to create a happy and full life for their loved one – and a good life that isn’t dependent on parents (forever)… I know this is possible because I have friends with disabilities …Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
As families, we have the question of who will care for our loved one with a disability when we no longer can?
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have less than 20% of the number of relationships compared to a typical person.
This leads to loneli…Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
“A vision with opportunities can create life-giving possibilities. Without that there can be no sense that these possibilities exist. [For example] A lot of people with disabilities were raised with the belief that work and employment would not be a part of their…Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
“We are all one, we are all equal, we are all people. What people with IDDs want is they want the same rights as everyone else.” – Ben DrewListen to Podcast / Read Blog
“When Gary came back to the residential home he said he had to close down the residential home. He had seen the other side of life. He was learning how to cook, he was in his own community, he had control over his life and his environment – and he wanted everyone…Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
“We have been too conservative and cautious about the true potentials for people with disabilities. The pessimism [of others] is the problem, not the people with disabilities.” – Michael KendrickListen to Podcast / Read Blog
Nick Shares, “The experience of loneliness for many of us comes from the feeling of being excluded. With Befriend we foster the development of new relationships, and a more inclusive culture.”Listen to Podcast / Read Blog
“…the average person maintains approximately 150 social connections… however the research is starting to show that people with disabilities only maintain on average 25 connections.”Listen to Podcast / Read Blog