Dating people developmental disabilities
And they experience a kind of grace, a word once superbly defined by the late Anglican cleric John Stott as the “love that cares and stoops and rescues.” One mother of three children, two of whom are 17 and 12 and profoundly impaired, told me how she left her law career to care for her disabled kids.“The issues are straining for my husband and myself,” says the mom, who asked that I not use her name here.“And it’s fun to hear people’s stories, even if they can take a long time to tell.A lot of time, all parents want is someone to listen to them; it’s not necessary for anybody to come up with solutions. This gives us an opportunity to talk in an adult world.” That opportunity is expanding at Tree of Life, which has a new mission to minister to people with disabilities and their families.
“They always tried to be helpful and encouraging,” she says. ” He’s short and round in his Flyers jersey, with thick, dark hair and darting, bright eyes and a joyous grin he flashes as he makes his way – a little too quickly for his unsteady gait – around the concourse. Josh Silverman gets his cheek pinched as a show of affection by Wells Fargo event staff member Marty Thomas, who has been the usher in Josh’s section for the entire time Josh has been coming to every Flyers home game. ” follow him from section to section, eliciting his thumbs-up sign.Says Davis, “That’s such an important thing for a young man.” Pegasus began as a small program for 15 mildly disabled children and now serves 100 riders per week.
Jim Wurster is hoping for that kind of growth for the weekly coffeehouse he co-founded in 2015 for people with disabilities and their families.His effusiveness can be off-putting: he will sometimes hug people he does not know or stand too long after the Flyers score a goal, blocking the view of fans in the seats behind him. “There’s no judgment, no pressure for him to conform to some standard he can’t attain. Josh gets to be Josh.” Silverman is just one of the many parents who have contacted me since reading “Falling Off the Cliff,” my four-part series about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – I/DD – and the families who love them fiercely.