We all celebrate my daughter’s life!
When Andrea was 2 years old, we were told she would probably die before she turned 5. I'm very happy to say she had her 37th birthday in July. She lived with me (her mom and guardian) until 2001. It was the most difficult decision I have ever made to let her go into her own assisted living apartment. LEAP had started supporting Andrea before the move in our home, so I was familiar with staff.
Since that time, Andrea has grown into a wonderful young woman. She loves people and enjoys the outings she attends with staffers. She has developed independence, helping with household chores and many other aspects of her life. She truly likes all of her support staff and is always looking ahead to shift change. Also, through sign language classes that LEAP provides for staff, her communication skills have definitely improved the... continue reading
Justin has been supported by services from LEAP since November of 2013, through in-home supports. Instead of living in a LEAP facility, he continues to live with his guardian, and he has just a few hours of support from LEAP DSPs through the week.
Prior to accepting LEAP services, Justin has primarily received the help he needs through his mother, and when younger, had some home supports while he was in school. Moving to adulthood, Justin wanted to try and explore new aspects of his community, which brought him and his guardian to LEAP.
Justin has been learning to take care of himself with more independence, while working with his support staff. He is receiving education to improve his... continue reading
Meet Christopher S. aka ”Mosquito Man”!
by Tony Bolens
In the middle of the coldest, snowiest winter that we can remember having at Davis Road last year, we were blessed to have tons of warm smiles and positive attitude arrive to brighten up the place, when Christopher S. decided to move from his home in Temple and come live with the other people at Davis Road. The transition started last fall when his mother and life-long care provider, Linda, called and said reluctantly, “I heard you have an opening over there, and I am considering whether or not this could be a good option for Chris…I think he might be ready for a change.” Visits started soon after and we saw that he was making himself at home. We had a meeting to discuss it with Chris and he made it clear that he liked the idea by going home and packing everything down to the can opener. (lol) The rest is history; he moved in just before the first of the year and has made himself at home.
Over the last 9... continue reading
Ride for Freedom!
Roger's desire for independence has motivated him to learn the safety rules for riding his bike to work daily, providing his own transportation. The pride in his smile of accomplishment is inspirational. As his skills improved, he has moved up to a larger bike. He was motivated to learn the skill of operating the much larger size by going to the park and practicing at the beginning of the season. Roger continued riding the smaller bike to work until he felt confident with the larger bike. Then, after a month of constant practice, the proud day for him arrived! He was able to arrive riding his wheels of freedom and pride, and show his peers and community supports staff the independence of providing his own transportation.
~ by Sandra Conley
A Mother’s Dream for Her Daughter
As the parent of Abby, my 25 year old daughter, I am excited to share with readers how LEAP Inc. has assisted her to make many positive changes in the quality of her life. In addition, LEAP Inc. supports our whole family to maintain a sense of normalcy in our lives.
It was always my dream for Abby to become as independent as possible. LEAP Inc. staff has supported Abby through the steps to become a more independent young woman who is able to live in an apartment with a roommate. LEAP Inc. staff believes in Abby’s ability to learn and experience new things every day. They have fostered Abby’s desire to feel proud of herself and to accomplish daily living skills I never thought she would be capable of doing. LEAP has taught Abby (and I) that she can trust and rely on them to assist her with her care and wellbeing. Abby has learned what it is like to share a home with a roommate and to adapt to the way other people live.
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When Michael H moved into a Shared Living home in Farmington that is supported by LEAP, he lost part of himself… sixty-eight pounds to be exact.
Since he began living with Vickie and Cliff Audette in June of this year, Michael has had what his doctor calls “the highest rate of weight loss he has seen since he began practicing in Maine”, and Michael has never felt better. Previously living with aging grandparents who felt that he was ready to move out and experience new things, as every man does at some point in his life, Michael has had more opportunities for health, wellness, friendship and most importantly, joy, than he ever has before.
Cliff and Vickie have taken him to a wrestling match in Augusta, on boat rides up north, and have begun working on steps towards independence.
Previously unable to get around without a walker, Michael now only uses the walker for stairs, has learned his new phone number, and even helped Cliff make over the garage by mudding... continue reading