Reminder! 2019-2020 LABBB High School and Transition Department Open House: Thursday, October 17

All families are welcome to attend this open house. We encourage all parents from pre-school through high school to attend it is never to early to start learning and planning for the future.

Click here to read the full brochure: 2019-2020 LABBB High School & Transition Department Open House

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2019-2020 LABBB High School and Transition Department Open House: Thursday, October 17

All families are welcome to attend this open house. We encourage all parents from pre-school through high school to attend it is never to early to start learning and planning for the future.

Click here to read the full brochure: 2019-2020 LABBB High School & Transition Department Open House

New LABBB Podcast: Episode #17: My Family’s Experiences in Planning for an Adult with Special Needs, Part 2

In Part 2 of this series, I talk about three topics related to planning for the future.

1. “The Master Spreadsheet,” I created for my sister which has all of her important information.

2. Group home discussion: “The next 10 Years.”

3. Get feedback and learn from the real experts. These are the parents and guardians of an adult with special needs who graduated 5, 10, 15 20…years ago. What would they have done differently that they can share with you now? Will their experiences change the course you are taking in the present?

Click on the following link to listen to My Family’s Experiences in Planning for an Adult with Special Needs, Part 2

2019 LABBB Reunion Video!

At LABBB, we talk quite a bit about community! We feel strongly that building community is essential for our students and families in the future. After our students graduate we want them to continue to have social connections, a community that they connect with and they know is there for them.  Our reunion dances offer this to our students no matter if they graduated last year or in the 80’s. You will see these connections in this video and how much our graduates look forward to coming back and seeing each other!  Just watch as they get on the dance floor at the end of the video!

 

New LABBB Podcast: Episode #16: My Family’s Experiences in Planning for an Adult with Special Needs, Part I

In this episode, I share my personal story about our family’s experience in how we are organizing and planning in caring for our sister with special needs. Many times there are unexpected life events and we are not prepared. When my parents passed away three years ago, within six months of each other, this was a significant unexpected life event. My parents did many things “Right” but I wish we were more prepared to care for my sister. My thinking started to change dramatically about what we are doing in special education to prepare parents and sharing my story was an essential step. I was fortunate to know where to seek the resources I needed to get things done for my sister, but it was still incredibly overwhelming and stressful for many years and it didn’t need to be this way.

These are difficult family conversations, but they need to happen. My mission is to prepare parents and siblings so they are more prepared in the future and to implore them to start planning now! If we fail to plan now, we are making it significantly more stressful for guardians and caretakers when it is their time to take on the responsibility.

This is a two-part series. I will share many more real-life stories of how we managed, planned and learned from our mistakes. In many ways, this can brings families closer together, especially the siblings.

Click on the following link to listen to Episode #16: Episode #16: My Family’s Experiences in Planning for an Adult with Special Needs, Part I