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“Mr. Williams credits GOD for his talent and gives thanks to this mother for opening his heart toward art.”
“Eddie’s life has been full and filled with rich relationships. ”
“Even after coping with and recovering from spinal fusion surgery, Steve’s greatest current need is dental care.
“Jackie’s biggest fears concern Koby’s transition into adulthood and his inability to get off of the waiting list sometime soon.
“People don’t really understand that when you’re taking care of a child with disabilities, you don’t have the same kind of life.
“The closest school and services in Mexico are a day long drive from where we lived. We would not be able to get the services for David if we went back to Mexico.”
“Marina’s time at school is crucial to her daily schedule and to her life in the community.
“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.
“She describes public school as a place that she went, accomplished her tasks, and hurried home. Wistfully, she explained the isolation she felt through her lack of participation in extra-curricular activities.
“My brother does get more attention, but it doesn’t like bug me as much because I know he’s special. But when I talk to his teachers they’ll be like, 'Well you have to treat him a little bit more normal because if not, he’s not going to get better.'”
“Every father deserves to know what will become of his child once he is no longer able to provide for their needs anymore.
“We have services now but we pay for everything out of pocket. ”
“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.
“After a certain point you say this is what we are. Let’s just be a family and let’s just live.”
“I don’t want to burden Joshua, but at the same time I want him to know he is a part of his success story.
“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.
“It is easy to feel alone.”
“If the general public only understood that with training and minimal assistance a blind person can live a full life, things would be so much easier for us. It's the attitudes we encounter that make our success more difficult than it should be.
“Anything that I can do to make Christian's life better, I want to do.”
“The key to acceptance is a willingness to be present with Jake, to join Jake on his terms.