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When my husband and I were contemplating transitioning Brian from the Rosewood Center in Baltimore about 18 years ago, we didn't really know much about the options that were avaialble to us.

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For many parents, the decision to move their adullt child with a developmental disability from their home to the care of another is a difficult one. For some who made such decisions long ago, it is.........

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Before taking up residence with Center for Social Change nearly 18 years ago, Edwin B. had lived both of his sisters. But, Edwin's behaviors, which led to frequent hospitalizations, had made this......

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Janet N’s mother remembers the changes that took place in their lives after Janet became sick.  When it was clear to her mom that she wouldn't be able to ...............

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Rick Z. came to Center for Social Change nearly twelve years ago in a way that is not so typical. Rick had been receiving supports for another provider agency in Carroll County.........

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Janine R’s parents knew they needed help by the time they first met with Center for Social Change. They had already arranged privately for someone to care for Janine but.............

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Michael

 

For many parents, the decision to move their adult child with a developmental disability from their home to the care of another is a difficult one.  For some who made such decisions long ago, it is often difficult for them to remember what went into the decision making.  But, even if the details are lost to their memory, they do still know that what motivated them was a desire to create opportunities for their child to grow and thrive.

While Michael D’s dad doesn’t exactly remember how he first learned about CSC approximately 12 years ago, he does remember that what struck him was that “Center for Social Change was a good organization”.  There was something intangible, perhaps, about what he learned CSC would be able to provide for Michael as he began his journey towards greater independence. And on the basis of that assessment, Michael’s family decided that this where they wished Michael to live.

As Michael’s dad looks back now at the progress that Michael has made, he notes, with little hesitation, that the most significant way in which Michael has grown is in his ability to behave more appropriately with others, including his family.  Michael’s enhanced self-control makes it possible for his dad to pick him up fairly regularly to come home for the weekends, where Michael clearly enjoys being able to hang out in his own room, watching tv or working on his puzzles.  It is the freedom to do what he wants that seems to make Michael the happiest, which is something that obviously makes his dad happy, as well. 

Michael’s dad also notes Michael’s increased skills in developing relationships with others, skills which Michael did not always demonstrate.  This allows Michael and his dad to enjoy going out to eat together often, something that both enjoy a great deal, or just to spend time together at home.

Michael’s dad sums up his feelings best when he says that he is, simply, “satisfied with Michael as he is”.