…and guess what? There are directions online. Almost everything you want to know is on the internet!
So what am I moving and shaking about?
This past week, I testified about the intellectual disabilities system. I suggested that if we really want a better system, one which addresses the waiting list and one which is sustainable, we need to find new ways to work together. Sounds like a no-brainer. However, if that were the case, we would already be doing it.
We have a whole lot of activity in the US that is divided into sides. When concerted efforts are required and people stay on one side of the aisle or the other, nothing happens. When you do nothing for a long enough period of time, things get worse.
So how do we need to work differently?
First, we have to recognize that the challenges of today belong to all of us.
Second, we have to let go of the past. We shouldn’t throw out our values; but a little forgiveness for past mistakes is always appreciated.
Third, we need to agree to a course which will last, one fueled with new ideas (and even some old ones which came before their time would be good)
The next four blogs will throw out some idea from the new movement. Here is the first idea. Imagine an individual. He is 55 years old, he works part time and volunteers a few days at the local fire house. He has some very fine skills, can make spaghetti and meatballs, a pretty amazing omlet and French toast. He takes a bus to work. He has lived with his family all his life. He has an intellectual disability. His dad has passed away and his mom, now in her late 80s, wants to make sure there is someone to care for him when she is gone. His mom gets his name on the waiting list. The only choice she knows is group homes. I want you to imagine an alternative. It costs less, provides for a happy life. As a result, he is happy, and his mom has peace of mind. This is not a dream. And there is more than one option for him. Lifesharing is one of those options. To learn more about lifesharing, click here.