Leo’s Letter: Summertime Challenges For Families

It’s finally summer in Massachusetts!

Vacations can take many forms: new adventures, relaxation, time to recharge, and more. For many families, it’s a time to reconnect with your adult children with or without disabilities. I’ve heard many wonderful stories about these times, whether they involve enjoying the beach, heading to Northern New England, or just hanging out at home.

For other families, however, vacation time can be challenging because your son or daughter needs a set of accommodations due to medical needs or behavioral responses that require active preparation and monitoring by a family member or other caregiver.

So while vacation time for some of us is sweet and wonderful, for others, it can be truly challenging. A vacation from the vacation is needed.

I hope it’s a time of celebration for all of you, regardless of the challenges. But let’s not forget this summer that this time of year may be tough for others.

Let’s keep working together to make accommodations better for all persons with disabilities, whether it’s improving access in travel, making more personal assistance possible to offer more choice, ensuring enough respite for all caregivers, or addressing the needs of our workforce.

Happy summer, and best wishes for all of your vacations.





Leo V. Sarkissian
Executive Director

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