Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Happy Monday (one day late)

Crazy Casa K

Things that make me happy today:

**Letters from K (dd#3) that came yesterday from Ghana!

**And resources for M and R...

...we are so blessed to live in a community that offers so much for children and young adults with disabilities. Some examples are:

*Special Olympics! M is finishing up his basketball season and is also swimming, R is swimming and both are looking forward to Track and Field starting soon. We are part of Special Olympics Colorado, and an easy way to support them is by clicking on the link below to a YouTube video of the Colorado Rapids doing the "Harlem Shake" immediately before the Polar Plunge about a week ago. Each time the video is viewed, they will donate .10 to Special Olympics Colorado... up to $10,000!! So go watch the video... and then watch it again... and again... and again.. (you get the idea)

*The Rotary Community Corps (RCC) hosted by our town's Rotary Club. It's designed for young people with disabilities, and allows them the opportunity to give back to our community, while making friends, learning, and having fun. What an awesome program. You can read an early write-up for the program here  http://yourhub.denverpost.com/parker/rotary-community-corps-parker-first-colorado/pzD1bFOjiPQ443VsV7FXHP-ugc

*Our homeschool group. After 10 years with the group we still find support, friendship, and educational opportunities through the group. You can find them here: http://www.freewebs.com/cchf/

*I can't forget M's worksites... I'm so happy that we've found such wonderful places in our community where he can volunteer and learn job skills.  Back six years ago when I first had the idea of "internships" (there is a link to my post just above my header, unfortunately it's almost hidden by the search box...) I had no idea it would turn out so well. It's been a long road getting here... Being derailed in our first "internship" attempts by a poor choice of worksite (Chick-Fil-A just wasn't willing/able to accommodate), M's instability and his hips surgeries. And then following another path (the Bridge Transition Program through DCSD) which looked great but ended up being a dead end and causing more harm than good. Until finally, now six years later, M has two "internships" or worksites, is happy, learning, gaining skills, and we are looking to increase his time at one of the sites. Yes... this makes me happy.

Have a happy day!

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