I can hear the saxophone in my head energetically playing the song "Pick up the pieces" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfAJLGFWxYo in case you need a flashback to 1974) as I write the title to my latest blog post. However, picking up the pieces in life is not nearly as spunky,funky or fun as this golden oldie. How do you pick up the pieces when you have a child with a disability? And often this is not just a one time event, but often it occurs over and over again. Sometimes the pieces are bigger than others. Like when you first receive the diagnosis that your child has a disability, and often again and again as disappointments come into you and your child's life. Sometimes the pieces are bigger than others. Recently I experienced a four day period where my daughter walked out of her high school for the last time, she turned 21 years old, a potential roommate decided on someone else to live with, and she received a rejection letter for acceptance into a post-secondary internship program. This was our plan. She was to have her summer and then begin this post-secondary program in the fall. I am her mother, her best ally, her advocate, her fierce Mama Bear. It was The Plan that she would begin this program in the fall. Suddenly, no matter how passionate, vocal, active, or involved I was, it didn't make a difference. What now?
Below are some of the resources that I used as I went back to my own "drawing board".