Parenting an Adult with Disabilities or Special Needs: Everything You Need to Know to Plan for and Protect Your Child's Future

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Every parent of a child with disabilities knows just how overwhelming and frustrating it can be. When these children enter adulthood, the difficulties can become even greater. Many parents are tempted to keep their children at home, believing that they will be safer and happier under their care. But adults with special needs deserve the same chance at a happy life as everyone else. As the mother of an adult child with disabilities, Peggy Lou Morgan has years of experience dealing with the challenges these adults face every day. She believes that the most loving thing parents can do for their children is to prepare them to leave home in a way that works best for them.

Compassionate and thorough, this guide will help readers to ensure that their children leave the nest with confidence and joy.

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About the Author:

Peggy Lou Morgan has worked with the disabled for nearly 35 years, including more than 10 years setting up services and placements for her clients. Morgan adopted a multiply disabled child 20 years ago and is the author of Parenting Your Complex Child (978-0-8144-7316-0).

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Letting your child leave the nest is never easy. If you’re the parent of a child with disabilities or special needs, letting go is even harder. You worry about whether he will be able to make it on his own, and most important, get the help he needs if something goes wrong. How will she perform in her first job? Will she be able to make friends? Many parents are tempted to keep their children at home, believing the children will be safer and happier under their care. But adults with special needs deserve the same chance at a happy life as everyone else. As the mother of an adult child with disabilities, Peggy Lou Morgan has years of expe­rience dealing with the challenges you face every day. She believes the most loving thing parents can do is to prepare their children to leave home in a way that works best for them. In Parenting an Adult with Disabilities or Special Needs, she gives you invaluable advice on:

—    teaching your adult child to be a self-advocate

—    helping your child cope with relationships

—    helping your child find a good vocational program

—    finding an apartment and a roommate

—    understanding government programs that can help children while they become more independent

Compassionate and thorough, this guide will help you make sure that your children leave home with confidence and joy.

 

“Peggy Lou Morgan has tackled that big question—‘Who will love my child after I am gone?’ She sends a dart through the belief that parents can or should rely on the service system to look after their child. While professionals can be helpful, she reminds us of the critical importance of helping our children to connect with family and the larger community.”

—    David Pitonyak, Ph.D., founder, Imagine, www.dimagine.com

 

“Morgan’s life experience and provocative ideas provide a comprehensive approach to assist parents in achieving the highest quality of life for their child with special needs. While throughout her book she provides practical advice about government benefits and the use of professional services, she remains committed in her belief that the success of any plan to maximize the individual capacities and dreams of a special needs child lies with the parent.”            

—Douglas A. Harrison, estate planning attorney, Portland, Oregon

 

“. . . Peggy gets to the heart of the complexity of the task of planning for the future with compassion, common sense, attention to detail, and deep wisdom.”          

—From the foreword by Dr. Beth Mount, co-inventor, Person-Centered Planning

 

Peggy Lou Morgan has worked with the disabled for more than­­ 35 years, including more than 10 years setting up services and placements for her clients. Morgan adopted a multiply disabled child 24 years ago and is the author of Parenting Your Complex Child. She lives in LaPine, Oregon.

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Descrizione libro AMACOM, 2009. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: CONTENTSForeword by Beth Mount xiAcknowledgments xvIntroduction 1CHAPTER 1The Nest Is Never Empty 11CHAPTER 2That Nagging Question 19CHAPTER 3Loneliness Is the Only Real Disability 27CHAPTER 4Your Child's Pursuit of Happiness 39CHAPTER 5Discovering Your Child's Dream 49CHAPTER 6Researching the Options 63CHAPTER 7Drafting a Transitional Plan 73CHAPTER 8Setting Goals to Accomplish the Transitional Plan 83CHAPTER 9Estate Planning 97CHAPTER 10Working with Your Attorney 107CHAPTER 11Implementing the Plan a Step at a Time 111CHAPTER 12The Nest May Seem Empty, but You Aren't Done Yet 121CHAPTER 13Continuing the Civil Rights Movement for Disability Rights 131APPENDIXES 139A. Sample Emergency Backup Plan 141B. Sample Caregiver's Manual 145C. Team-Building Advocacy 173D. Become Your Own Advocate 177E. U.S. Government Programs 181F. For More Information 187G. Recommended Resources 193NOTES 195INDEX 197ABOUT THE AUTHOR 203. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0814409911

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