If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that there is truth behind the saying, “Man plans, and God laughs.” Still, at the end of every year mortals attempt to plan out the next 365 days. As parents of children with special needs we’ve done our share of goal setting…
“I will complete X with Y% accuracy Z% of the time”
So, in the interest of tradition, productivity, and accountability I’m attempting to set goals for 2016 on The Road.
This year, we moved our website and changed the URL. Part of our plan for 2016 is to finish the move so that all of our posts are readily available to our followers. Speaking of our new website – have you checked out the “About Us” page? It’s where we layout our overall goals and mission of The Road.
We’ve got several projects already in the works for next year.
Ethan’s Law – The Movie: Documentary film maker Edward Rhodes is finishing up the movie that tells about Ethan’s life, death, and legacy. We’ll be involved with getting the film in front of audiences and promoting the expansion of Ethan’s Law to other states.
321 eConference: Save the dates – 3/21 – 3/23/16 ! We’re putting together lots of sessions specifically for parents and caregivers of adults. Topics will include the types of supports used by members of the cast of “Born This Way,” and how to advocate for issues that affect you directly.
Book Club: We’ll be hosting more discussions on memoirs by parents of adults with Down syndrome. First up will be Life With Charley by Sherry Palmer.
And don’t forget that Mardra has a new book out!
The Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome: Advice, Information, Inspiration, and Support for Raising Your Child from Diagnosis through Adulthood will be released tomorrow.
The Road Scholars: We look forward to offering more classes designed to give parents and caregivers a chance to come together and learn about important issues like helping our children grieve, medical issues for aging adults, and caring for the caregiver.
We’ll continue to press for answers about the health disparities within our community and come up with ideas on how to address them.
And, of course, there will be fun!
We’re always open to suggestions from our community!
If you have a subject you’d like us to research, a story you’d like us to tell, or someone you think we should interview, feel free to drop us a line!
For now, we wish you a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and all the best for 2016!