Here at The Arc of Massachusetts we receive numerous phone calls from concerned brothers and sisters about their sibling with special needs living with aging parents. At times these calls are in a crisis mode, where the sibling is now a caregiver because of their parents’ passing or placement in a nursing home. Other times it is watching the elder take care of their sons and daughters and receiving little of no support.
Transition is defined as movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, to another. For you and your child, transition means that he/she is moving from childhood to young adulthood and from school to adult life. Opening this door to the future can be a time of mixed feelings and emotions. Students and their families are leaving the familiarity of a school to enter a brand new world. This time period can often be described as:
This week, our family topic is “Connecting your child with kids in school and the community” which follows up our March 16 blog about family. This topic has been The “Friends at School” toolkit makes this topic much more accessible; you can find it on our website. It was developed by Zach Rosetti, with assistance from Jim Ross, Mary Ann Brennan, and others.
We are excited to share WBZ’s coverage of The Arc of South Norfolk’s ALEC program. This fourteen year old program provides training for first responders so that they have the tools to assist those with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism. ALEC’s trainings have proven to be effective throughout Massachusetts.