Welcome to the Teen Years

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Blog, Parents | 10 comments

by: Jennifer Griffin, Parent Resource Coordinator at Alpha, and, more importantly, Theo’s mom I’ve been giving this time of our lives a lot of thought lately. Wasn’t it yesterday when Theo was just a little chubby tow-head nuzzling his little face in my shoulder, sometimes taking a bite causing me to yelp – loudly!? I remember when I used to plunk him down in the middle of the carpet and he wouldn’t/couldn’t move. I used to joke...

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Living Options…Beginning the Search

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Blog, Living Options, Parents | 5 comments

       My wife and I are parents of a 33 year old young man who has cerebral palsy.  He is developmentally and intellectually disabled (DD/ID).  In short, he is non-ambulatory, non-verbal, uses a wheelchair and is totally dependent upon his caregivers.        As with many special needs children, there have been many doctor’s, dentist’s and physical therapist’s appointments, not to mention the numerous surgeries, treatments,...

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Living Options Introduction

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Blog, Living Options, Parents | 6 comments

Welcome to our new Living Options Blog! My name is Lynn Rodriguez. I serve on the Alpha Board and am also the current chair of the Alpha Program Services Committee. The Program Committee is examining living options in our community for people with developmental disabilities. Specifically we are evaluating the options that exist in the community now, and the role Alpha might play in helping to enhance or expand on those options in the...

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Alpha’s Extended Family

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog, Mia, Parents | 4 comments

By: Mia Willson Mylie – she’s a beautiful strawberry blonde girl with blue almond shaped eyes and a sweet disposition. She loves to dance and go for walks in nature, or both at the same time! Mylie is a true friend and calms those that are upset with a pat on the arm or a hug. She has the softest, sweetest heart and is known to give certain people hugs randomly where she sees fit… from a friend at school to an unknown homeless guy...

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Simple Pleasures

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Blog, Parents | 2 comments

Guest post by Jacqui Meisel, mother of Matthew (a participant in our adult program) MY SON MATTHEW has Down syndrome and autism. Just so you know, he makes life in our house rich. Rich is code for “sometimes it sucks and we celebrate just getting through a tough day.” And rich is also code for, “He may be intellectually disabled, but he’s nobody’s fool,” as well as “Might as well set aside stress and move more slowly because...

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A Wonderful Surprise

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Blog, Mariana, Parents | 3 comments

Over a year of working with a great team on a life-changing project and we finally did it! We have our adapted van to transport Oscar! Oscar is my son with special needs. He is 16 years old, weighs around 90 pounds and it was very complicated for us to get him into his car seat in our van and from the car seat back to his wheelchair every time he had a medical appointment, his horseback therapy or for any outing with him. We knew we needed a...

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