Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Friends Network

Something that Bil's Medicaid Service Coordinator suggested we look into for Bil is something called The Friends Network.  She told us it was for people who are high functioning (which Bil is considered.)  It encourages socialization, obviously.

On the surface, it sounds wonderful. But I think Bil is going to need a lot of support to participate.  And if it is presented to him, and he says no, will they just let it drop?  Sometimes the new emphasis on "People First" frustrates me.  Bil's wishes should definitely be taken into consideration but he is going to resist anything that is new, period.

Quoting from their website:

"The mission of The Friends Network as a not-for-profit organization is to maximize opportunities for individual choice, to advance independence, and to develop circles of support through a person-centered approach in the areas of social relationships, recreation, life management skills, community integration, and vocational services for adults with developmental disabilities."

What I hope is that Bil will be given the opportunity, encouraged by those who know how to communicate with those with autism, to "get his feet wet".  Just one outing that is pleasant to him - who knows.

Even if he doesn't interact the first time, even if he stays on his own-he will still be absorbing.

I wonder how we can make this work for Bil.

What I hope

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