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  • Network Facilitator, Veronica Anderson - LifeSPAN
    Health Counseling One of my focus areas in counseling has been working with individuals who have physical and intellectual disabilities I worked with one young man who I helped in gaining social skills My goal was to help him build his ability to verbalize his wants and needs as well as to help him build his confidence to create connection with others I was reminded that these skills and connections are basic needs that we all have With LifeSPAN I have been given the pleasure to work with Andrea and her family I am privileged to build a personal and meaningful relationship with her that is different from my therapeutic relationships She has amazing spunk motivation and a huge personality She s inspiring I am excited to see what is to come with my time working with Andrea and LifeSPAN Outside of LifeSPAN and my studies I spend my time with my husband Michael and three stepchildren Alexis Michael Jr and Ethan We are new to the Seattle area My husband and I recently purchased our first home together so our weekends are spent remodeling our home As a family we spend a lot of time together playing family baseball

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/2015/04/network-facilitator-veronica-anderson/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Network Facilitator, Joanna Lowell-Forker - LifeSPAN
    different and each has its own unique personality but what they share is an uncommon care and concern for each other commitment to supporting one another and a love for fun and food In these networks we talk about what we need to have the good life what challenges us and what we need to reach our goals In learning together we have had our share of emotional moments but mostly true joy in that we have each other When I am not with Dan Mickey or Jerry I am with my other heart throbs my husband Tolli son Tommy 19 daughter Izzy 16 and daughter Emma 9 Growing up as a Missionary kid I got to travel the world tend to lepers give baths to children in an orphanage even serve with Mother Teresa in a food line and while I don t well remember the four languages I used to speak or recall all the names of everyone who impacted my life along the way there were some things that never left me such as the desire to make a difference in the lives of others and the knowledge that there is joy in giving Before momhood I poured myself into teaching Junior High and High School Since being a mostly stay at home mom I have served in women s ministry enjoyed being involved in PTA kept giving in the classroom as an art docent and room mom led Girl Scouts coached basketball organized Moms In Prayer groups for my kids schools worked as a part of Bothell Basketball Boosters and headed up communications and spent time with high school students working on climate and culture at Bothell High School What I have learned from driving my kids to soccer games helping little ones learn to read

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/2015/04/network-facilitator-joanna-lowell-forker/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Network Facilitator, Kelly Delaney - LifeSPAN
    in our society she adds LifeSPAN exemplifies the social model of disability I am honored to participate in LifeSPAN s vision mission values and practice of what it means to have a good life She has two children her younger one began at Western WA University this September and her older one will finish up at NYU next May She has been working as a community access instructor to seniors

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/2015/04/network-facilitator-kelly-delaney/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Friendship - A Perspective From Network Members - LifeSPAN
    I asked Mrs Hirai what her goals were for Sheri s network meetings and would it be OK if I planned one with Sheri She was on board with the idea so this is how it started My hope was to give Sheri s parents a break in planning and hosting and give them the option to come if they would like to or not Also I was hoping that this would give Sheri the opportunity to be involved with organizing and planning the network meeting I hoped it would make her feel empowered When I called my sister Nancy to see if she was interested in helping she was eager to host as well I am happy with the way the event went from the beginning to the end and I think that the members who came enjoyed themselves too Nancy I am delighted to be a part of Sheri s network Many of our network activities remind me of things Sheri and I used to do as kids Making the cookie mix jars reminded me of when we used to make mud pies Creating fancy greeting cards reminded me of when we used to create paper crafts in her dad s attic workspace My intention as a member is to support the Hirai s as they continue to seek a long term plan in Sheri s best interest It was my hope that Sheri s meetings would evolve organically where her friends would initiate and collaborate with Sheri to plan and prepare her network meetings and group activities Also to help her gain confidence as an individual I had many ideas for activities but not a large enough home to hold a network meeting So I was grateful when Marji offered her place We put our heads together

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/2015/04/friendship-a-perspective-from-network-members/ (2016-02-16)
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  • LifeSPAN › Log In
    LifeSPAN Username Password Prove your humanity 3 4 Remember Me Register Lost your password Back to LifeSPAN

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/wp/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lifespan-wa.org%2F2016%2F01%2Fseven-steps-workshop%2F (2016-02-16)
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  • Personal Safety Nets - LifeSPAN
    the first parent passes it s not so noticeable because the remaining spouse if able is handling much of the paperwork and details However when both are gone the responsibility for resolving all outstanding issues falls on the children No matter how careful and diligent the parents are about handling their affairs it seems that there will always be issues of property finances and legacy Even though I feel like I m quite young still I find myself wanting to have my affairs in order so I won t be a burden or as much of a burden on my own children when the day of my passing comes I recently updated my will and I have been tracking my health information doctors appointments prescriptions etc already more carefully since I was treated for breast cancer five years ago Nothing like cancer to remind you that no one is guaranteed to live forever At the same time my own parents are experiencing life changes My stepfather has dementia that is progressing rather rapidly While they have focused much of their energy for decades on ensuring a good life for my sister with Down Syndrome I find that now we must not only think about her future but about theirs not to mention our own The concept of Personal Safety Net seems like it could apply well to our situation While we have LifeSPAN and Kari s Network as part of her safety net what about those of us that surround her We too need a personal safety net to help us through our lives and the transitions we re experiencing For my stepfather we have set up a free secure www lotsahelpinghands com website for our family and those in their community who have offered to help It has been

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/2012/07/personal-safety-nets/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Michele, Author at LifeSPAN
    very limited and uncertain future because she was born with Down Syndrome It was not unusual at that time for people born with disabilities to spend their lives in institutions rather than living at home attending school or participating in sports Thus began a life long quest to create a good life for their daughter a life of opportunity growth friends sports learning and contribution far different from the kind of life that most people with disabilities were experiencing at the time Kathy and Bill learned from the early pioneers in the field of disabilities and became leaders in their own right Bill served on the Board of Arc of Washington for countless years while making weekly treks to the Legislature to ensure that the voices of citizens like Kari and her family were heard Kathy volunteered with the schools and became president of Nathan Hale High School s PTSA because being president of the PTSA for all children and families was the best way to truly create an inclusive environment for Kari and the other children in Special Education As Kathy realized that one day her precious daughter would grow up and need a place to live she helped found Housing Unlimited as a non profit to purchase homes that could be rented at a reasonable price to people with disabilities About that time Kathy and Bill purchased Karistad which has been Kari s home since 1989 and is a unique model for individuals with disabilities sharing their home and Facing Our Fears by Michele Oct 28 2010 Facing the Future Blog In Facing the Future Together we begin by thinking of our dreams as parents and siblings for our loved one with a disability But we know we also need to face our fears and concerns Here are some that came up at the workshop on October 24 What fears or concerns do you have Won t be able to find suitable housing not adult family home Finances Help support Safety in the world vulnerability Not having a purposeful day Who will do this if we aren t doing it Might not feel included in her his community Something will happen before things are in place Complication factors destabilization Other children being impacted Concerns about safety gullibility vulnerability Isolation feelings of not contributing Fear of what s coming Guilt Not being able to include sibling in everything socially Caregiver s need for self care being neglected Where will support funds come from Options for us might not be available in the future What do you think Please add your What are your dreams by Michele Oct 24 2010 Facing the Future Blog We asked these questions at the workshop As a parent what are your dreams and goals for the future of your child with a disability after you are gone Where will your child live What will they be doing Who will be involved As a sibling what are your dreams and goals for the future of

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/author/michele/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Facing Our Fears - LifeSPAN
    suitable housing not adult family home Finances Help support Safety in the world vulnerability Not having a purposeful day Who will do this if we aren t doing it Might not feel included in her his community Something will happen before things are in place Complication factors destabilization Other children being impacted Concerns about safety gullibility vulnerability Isolation feelings of not contributing Fear of what s coming Guilt Not being

    Original URL path: http://www.lifespan-wa.org/2010/10/facing-our-fears/ (2016-02-16)
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