Independent Living

Fri, March 02, 2012
I recently read an article from Fairfax, Va., that reported 85 percent of people with an intellectual or developmental disability are not employed, even though many want to work. While I personally know how hard it can be for a person with a disability to find work, it's still rather shocking. Since March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month, I started thinking about everything I've been through and how far I've come: 1. Education -- I earned a college degree in media/communications from...
Tue, May 29, 2012
Over the course of the last several decades, we've seen tremendous change in the developmental disability service-provision system. Between 1960 and 2010, 195 large, state-run institutions were closed, bringing with their closure the promise of better lives in the community for their former residents. The expansion of supported employment services between the mid-1980s and 1990s showed that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities could not only live in the community, but that we...
Mon, February 04, 2013
Hi Folks! It's Adventure Girl, writing from Florida's Disney World. Today we finished day 4 of our trip. We went went on the rides in future world to doing 'global business' at the World Showcase in Ecpot. We also had time to do some shopping right before having dinner with characters at the Garden Grill. But in NYC it's still snowing! Florida's weather is absolutely different from ours. Tomorrow we're heading to Hollywood Studios, bringing movie stars and glamour to life. I want to participate...
Thu, February 07, 2013
Hi Folks, It's Adventure Girl back for another blog entry. Today I survived the last day of Disney magic at the Magic Kingdom theme park. We had a buffet breakfast at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa but I made a mess with it. I absolutely don't like it when things get too loud, NOT A GOOD MOVE! That's because I'm not the only one on the autism spectrum in the room. I got to meet the characters at every theme park I went to. The things that I learned during my trip were to try new things...
Fri, October 17, 2014
While politicians and other elected officials are making every effort to convince more Americans to vote in the upcoming national election, there looms an unfathomable barrier to people with disabilities as they seek to exercise their most basic and important right as Americans: the right to vote. Los Angeles is one place in the land of the free, for example, which is requiring thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities...
Thu, March 15, 2012
For the past few months, I have been making my own laundry detergent. This is usually all I have to say before the strange looks start. Before you write me off completely, let me tell you about how I took this "weird" hobby and turned it in to a fun activity for our group residence. The process is incredibly cost effective. For about $10 you can get all of the ingredients (Borax, washing soda, and a few bars of your average soap) and it will yield roughly 14 gallons of detergent. You will need...
Mon, March 26, 2012
This was my first time on a cruise with YAI Leisure Trax, as well as my first time traveling to the Bahamas. I was very excited about the trip. 1st Day : Once we reached the cruise ship, I thought it was beautiful. I had a good time on my first day on the ship. We had our first meal together, and later that night we went to a show in the ship's Stardust Theatre called “Welcome Aboard Variety Show.” I liked the show. My favorite part of the show was the Latin music. 2nd Day : We woke up early...
Fri, January 06, 2012
Everyone understands these are tough economic times. All of us know people who are struggling to find employment. But I just came across this article referencing a national survey by the ARC and I just can't get it out of my head.
Mon, January 30, 2012
On a recent Friday I spent the day with Johnny G, one of the residents at our Foothill group home who is currently at a rehab facility. While accompanying Johnny to his daily occupational therapy appointment, one of the therapists approached me. She said, "Excuse me, we've all noticed how well you work with John over the last couple weeks, and of all the patients that have been here, the way all your staff work with him is by far the best." It was one of those times that puts our work in...

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