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“It would be a huge relief to us if we knew for a certainty that a plan was in place and fully funded to take care of our very dear son when we can no longer assume responsibility.
“Stephen is confident that he will find a job, but one of his biggest concerns is being turned down simply because of his vision impairment.
“Like any other teenager, she loves her family but eagerly awaits full independence.
“Every father deserves to know what will become of his child once he is no longer able to provide for their needs anymore.
“If Seth had waiver services, everything would change. He would have something to look forward to and something to do.
“Debi says she is scared about what is going to happen when she is not around to care for Whitney.
“We have services now but we pay for everything out of pocket. ”
“I feel like if we got waiver services today it would be like being let out of prison.
“I can’t even remember how long we have been on the waiting list. During that time life has just been so hard. I worry all the time.
“My favorite part of my job is just getting things done and having a smile and having a good attitude. I am a go-getter.
“My biggest complaint is that people like us need help. Whenever they [policymakers] go to cut that budget it’s always the people with disabilities who get hurt by it. They’re the ones that need it. They can’t do for themselves. I don’t think that’s right.”
“We have been through a lot of doctors, and we’ve finally found the ones I like. None of them say, “He can’t do this” or “He won’t be able to do that.” None of them have ever said that because I wouldn’t go back to them if they did.
“Why can’t schools treat people with disabilities like they have a future?”
“After a certain point you say this is what we are. Let’s just be a family and let’s just live.”
“I am not a planner but my sister and my niece wish that I was since they might be guardians one day. I must plan for the future care of my daughters. This is very hard for me.
“Sharmane’s IQ cannot predict how much she has been able to achieve and learn.”
“Lots of parents in the rural areas get lost and overwhelmed by the laws and what the rights are.”
“In terms of educational instruction, Adelai’s IEP was ignored.”
“Kevin is looking forward to working just like anyone else.”
“I don’t think we should just settle for our kids learning how to clean their clothes and cook. I want my son to learn what it is to earn a paycheck, to drive, all that stuff.”