Will's teacher and I were talking about being organized for the process we are now going through. With Will leaving school in December, I need to make sure I am considering all possibilities. There is so much information that comes out of seminars, it is hard to know what the next step is. So his teacher came out with a checklist, if you will, for those of us getting close. I asked her if I could share it and she said 'yes'.
Please understand this is nothing formal, just a checklist put together quick, things to consider. It does cover what steps come next. So for those families getting ready to enter the final stage of school, take a look at this and see if it helps.
Getting ready for Transition
1. How many hours a week will your child need services?
2. Where do you want your child during the week?
* One agency for 5 days
* 2 agencies (2 days at one, 3 days at another)
* Create your own services
* 1 agency and your own services
3. Where do you want them to be during the week?
* One location
* Out in the community
* Mix of being in the community and in the building
4. What do you want them doing during their week?
* What does your child want to do?
Work, Exercise, Recreation, Shopping,
Hobbies, Cooking, Take classes (read/ write/cook)
Music, Arts, Other: ____________
5. Transportation… Driving, Bus?
* Driver’s Ed… ORS* has a driver’s education assessment program
They will determine if they can be a safe driver.
* Riding public transportation… ORS* can provide travel training
* Separate bus for those with disabilities - Did you complete an application?
You can ask the agency to put the funding for this bus in the support agreement
* Family can transport
6. Go visit 3 or 4 agencies with your child, when they turn 20 - contact your local Support and Service agencies
(check with your ORS* office for names)
7. SSI: students can apply to SSI at age 18. Toll Free Number 1-866-964-2038
8. Call your local Developmental Disability office and ask for Intake (to make sure they have
all of the documents that they need to process the application).
* Your child can apply to see if they are eligible for a vocational evaluation.
* They can help you navigate paid employment & benefits.
10. Community Support & Parent: ask your child's teacher for name and number
*Office of Rehabilitative Services
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4 Signs of Caregiving Stress Overload
ElderCarelink email posts 4 signs that should not be overlooked by you, the caregiver, or a close family member or friend. They report that even though the immediate caregiver may not be helping in direct care, the mind is never far from the needs of the older person, thinking about meals, falling, medications. Take the opinion of a family member or friend if they are telling you that you are stressed. Four signs: you skip your own physicals; you isolate yourself from others; you eat and/or drink too much for good health; you are short tempered with the elder, your spouse or your children. If any or all of these sound familiar, take a break no matter how short in order to recharge. For more information on caregiver stress see ElderCarelink
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A Caregiver's Poem
I was looking through a 'Caregiver's Blog: Senior Care Support' and came across a poem that was shared by a writer, Dana, from the blog. The poem was written by Becky Netherland and Dana's grandmother shared it with her. I thought it was great and there is not much to say about it - just read!!! Enjoy!!
(picture from Caregivers Blog)
I’ve traveled paths you’ve yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I’m blessed to share with you
Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad
Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side
Walk softly when you’re angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter’s power is immense!
Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don’t shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold
Keep hope right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it’s near, you’ll find a way
Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly
Give freely from your heart
The world is far from perfect
There’s conflict and there’s strife
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life
And so I’m very blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my granddaughter
And I believe in you.
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