The Issue: Challenges of Raising Children with Disabilities
The parents of children with disabilities often face financial and time constraints above and beyond those regularly experienced by parents due to the extra care their children require. The transition to parenting a child with disabilities can make it difficult to operate in other aspects of life, especially for new parents. Future-oriented transitional workshops strive to ground and acclimate parents as they prepare to balance the unique challenges ahead with stabilizing their lives for themselves and their children.
The Campaign: Funding Transitional Workshop for Parents
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Pause4Kids can fund five transitional workshops for the parents of children with disabilities. Pause4Kids’ founder, Keri Bowers, offers the Mapping Transitions workshop once a month. To ease their transition to caregivers, she helps parents to put goals on paper and to craft written plans based around health and safety, school and careers, and financial and personal security. The information in the meeting follows Keri’s workbook, Mapping Transitions to Your Child’s Future, which guides new parents step by step through this planning process. Each additional $100 raised will fund another workshop.
Keri Bowers is an autism advocate. She’s a speaker, author, filmmaker, mother, and the founder of Pause4Kids. Normal People Scare Me—her 2006 film made in conjunction with her son, an aspiring filmmaker with autism—interviewed 65 people with autism, exploring seldom-asked questions such as “Do you like being autistic?” and “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Through her films, Keri has spread awareness about autism-spectrum disorders and other disabilities, but her work gets far more hands-on as well.
Pause4Kids aims to improve the quality of special education, empowers parents to support their children, and advocates for children’s legal and civil rights. Following a whole-child philosophy, the organization’s volunteers believe that special education should cover a variety of disciplines, including the academic, social-communication, emotional, and recreation realms to enable youth with disabilities to thrive among their peers. Staff members also sponsor a monthly advocacy group and regular recreational activities, such as Art-A-Thons and Abilities Awareness events.
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