March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and to celebrate YAP is joining The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) in their "SEE ME FOR ME" campaign. This week's feature is on education and the call to "See Me as Your Neighbor."
The Johnson* family is a family of four from Somerset, PA. In February, heavy rains caused their trailer roof to leak and the family moved to a hotel until they can tackle the large task of cleaning their home. This recent setback is part of an ongoing need for the family to move from their current home as it has fallen into disrepair and the parents would like a safer and more comfortable environment for their 2 children. The Johnsons participate in YAP services as the parents and both children are diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability. In addition, some of the family members have a mental health diagnosis and one child has medical complications for which he receives nursing services. The family is supported by other family members and various nursing and human service agencies, including YAP.
Lindsay Frampton, a YAP Behavioral Support Consultant, has been working with the Johnson family for 7 years. Lindsay describes them as, “having a positive attitude, eager to improve and always appreciative of any help they receive.” Both parents work part time, but have been unable to set aside enough money to make their dream of moving a reality. Lindsay and a nurse who works with one of the children were determined to help so they approached the school to do a fundraiser. The school supported this effort and the community of teachers came together to raise approximately $500. Their generosity moved the family much closer to their goal of $1500. Community Action Partnership for Somerset County (CAPFSC), also known as Tableland Service Inc., will be meeting the remainder of their need and enrolling the family in the Housing Program. With additional help from the Salvation Army the family is now looking to move to a new home in early spring.
The Johnson family demonstrates resiliency and a drive to succeed. The Johnsons, with the support of family, community members, teachers, community support non- profits and other agency staff members are much closer to providing a better life for their family.
* Name changed to protect confidentiality