<p>Dstark and I have ‘spoken’ about our special needs daughters through a few PM s here on CC.
I am glad he started this thread. I believe we can learn ALOT from each other.</p>
<p>Our daughter is 25, and moderately developmentally disabled. She graduated from an excellent out of district special needs school at 21. She works at a vocational workshop on simple assembly and packaging contract jobs. The work is easy for her and she mostly enjoys the friendships and socializing at lunch!<br>
Her math/money skills are minimal but her vocabulary is very good and she can hold her own in a conversation with typical peers and older adults.<br>
She is developing her stamina and focus and there is probability she can transition to a job at a Wal-Mart type setting at some point.</p>
<p>The services we have in nj are good but there are waitlists for many, most importantly, housing.
I’ve been spending many days off work in last year tracking down public housing and affordable housing options and filing out mounds of paperwork just to get her on long waitlists.</p>
<p>Transportation for non drivers like our daughter can be hard to find although she does have a free county bus that takes her door to door to her workplace. Otherwise, we are her transportation.</p>
<p>She attends alumni dances and enrichment classes at her old school. She is a very happy and empathetic young woman, warm and quirky and funny, even when she gets into her knock-knock jokes loop!
She is ALOT of work but so worth it to see her progress and grow.</p>
<p>We are fortunate to have a strong active parents of special needs group in our county.
It meets monthly and presents topics/speakers of interest. I can almost always obtain help by posting to the group via its group online.<br>
I think this thread will serve a similar purpose for those not as fortunate in their lives to have the same.</p>