Our adult son, Scott enjoys the simple things in life -- doing puzzles, going for walks, watching his movies on Youtube -- Scooby Doo Dora the Explorer are his favourites. Since he was a child he has always loved to go out on his swing all year round, regardless of the weather. Over the years, I’ve had to reinforce the swing posts and replace the ropes with steel chains.
Scott’s routines are important to him -- breakfast always consists of a ½ banana, two slices of toast with jam and a glass of milk. In the summer, he likes swimming; in the winter, his favourite activities include skating, sledding, swimming and basketball. He just started snow showing with Special Olympics this winter.
Our facilitator, Ruth Ann, has provided us with guidance to help us to cope with the present and prepare for Scott’s future. She has encouraged us to get Scott out in the community more and involved with people. Scott and I volunteer at the Food Bank on Monday mornings and he is proud to complete his duties. He will tell you that he puts away the milk, eggs, cheese, potatoes carrots. With his support worker and program group members, Scott delivers papers every Thursday after which he get his reward – a diet coke from GT (Giant Tiger).
The Partners4Planning information sessions and webinars on critical subjects, such as Wills, Powers of Attorney, Henson Trusts, and the Disability Tax Credit have prompted us into action. We brought our Wills up to date and set up a Henson Trust as a result.
Although we don’t have all the answers yet, with the support of Independent Facilitation Matters we are taking steps to better secure our son’s future.