I have words inside me. I am told I am a good storyteller. I look for inspiration all over and and want to release my words to other's eyes and minds.
Mom, wife, and now grandmother...just trying to live a happy life.
Autism: My 20 Years of Learning and Love
This is part two of a larger story. You can find Part One here. THE ADULT YEARS As Lesleigh moved into adulthood, we, her dad and I, had to transition with her. Once she turned 18, all of the supports for disabled children ended and she needed to transition to the adult support and related programs offered. The other thing that became necessary was getting her set up for the provincial support program that provided a small guaranteed income for people with severe disabilities. The application process was fairly straightforward for these supports and after a quick review and an interview she was approved for supports at the maximum allowable amount. A bank account was opened for her, with her dad acting as her support for managing the funds properly. We also needed to establish formal guardianship for day-to-day decision making, and trusteeship to cover any and all financial decisions. This process was far more involved that applying for the income support but with the documentation from her psychologist verifying that she had a cognitive disability and my connections with the right people in government, we filed the papers successfully. The entire process took approximately six months to conclude but when the dust had settled James and I were joint guardians and trustees for Lesleigh. As she was also now legally an adult, the persons with developmental disabilities programs connected us with an agency whose focus was offering meaningful activities and programing for cognitively disabled adults.
My Wake-up Call
Introduction It can’t be argued that it is a stressful time. The stress is all around me, us, our community, our planet. We are enveloped in a world-wide health crisis that will henceforth forever be known as the COVID-19 Pandemic and the stress it induced brought to the forefront of my consciousness a personal health concern that I had been ignoring for years. It also brought forward a resolve to work on reinventing myself to be the best version of me that I could.
Donovan's Barn - Part Eight
Well here it is, part eight of Donovan's Barn...at least for now! If you are interested in reading the other parts that came previously they are linked below: Part one. Part two. Part three. Part four. Part five. Part six. Part seven.
Donovan's Barn - Part Seven
The story continues! Donovan's Barn is now in its seventh part. Please enjoy! Here are links to the other parts, in the event you would like to read how the story got to this point: part one, part two, part three, part four, part five, and part six.