Posted by Jan Plager
The path to independence is a challenge for most of us. For adults with a disability, the path may be littered with learning concerns, communication issues, and social isolation. Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) is a leading provider of residential support services for adults with disabilities, with services designed to meet the range of needs of our residents. The goal of our individualized services is to help people become as independent as possible, using innovative teaching strategies, community supports, and well qualified, highly trained, supportive staff.
Although only having recently begun working at Jewish Family & Children’s Service, I had the opportunity to meet with a long-term service recipient, Katie. She and I spoke at her apartment in Brighton, which she maintains with support from JF&CS staff. Her story is one of persistence, hope, and success.
In discussing her past, it is clear that independence has long been a goal for Katie. As she describes her journey over the last ten years, one gets the impression that she feels she is finally where she wants to be. She is grateful for the help she receives from JF&CS staff. When asked about her journey she said, “Thank you for letting me move in.”
In 2002, Katie graduated from a residential school for students with developmental disabilities. With the help of JF&CS Services for People with Disabilities and state funding, she moved into her first JF&CS residence.
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