By Kim Stagliano
Where Is Your Child with Autism Going to Live as An Adult? Thought about it yet? I sure do. Oh, I joke in my usual fashion, when speaking to groups, "Ha ha! We ARE a group home!" (My three girls have autism, in case you're new here. Oh, and welcome.) My oldest is 19. My youngest is 13. These questions are not far off for us - where will my girls live as adults. With their Dad and me? I've said that we'll have a big house with a special ed wing and an elderly wing and the caregivers can toss a coin to see whom they care for first. Aren't I funny? I don't think so either. What if they don't want to live with us forever? What if three grown women want independence in their fashion? They deserve that.
Our sponsor VOR (Vee-Oh-Are) is working to protect YOUR right to decide what is the best living option for your adult child with autism. For some, it might be a group home or even a larger style living situation that could be referred to an an "institution." For others, it might be a community of similar people where routine and sameness matter. Where ever, however - it should be yours to decide.
I ask you to please formally join VOR so that as your child ages, you can keep abreast of the government's misguided policies so that you aren't shocked to death when the time comes. Because as you know, we are not allowed to die.
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Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel, House of Cards; A Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book.