Eye Opening and Rewarding
I was originally going to let Leslie and Ashley attend WAGR Weekend and then determine through their feedback whether or not I would attend in the future, a mistake I am glad I did not make. This weekend was one of the most eye-opening and rewarding experiences of recent memory.
Ashley is twenty-one years old and we have navigated the trials and tribulations of dealing with a developmentally challenged daughter without the knowledge of her specific challenges or needs. We knew that we would have some difficulties after speaking with the dysmorphologist while Ashley was an infant but the challenges grew and evolved in their complexity over the years. With time we developed strategies to minimize the difficult situations but still struggled with many behaviors.
It was inspiring to spend time with a group of families and their children, challenged and not, and to see that similar challenges are experienced by all. Even more inspiring are the siblings of our special children and the love and understanding that they exhibit. My only regret is that our two younger daughters were not able to attend.
A most memorable experience that I will definitely look forward to again. Thank you for sharing your families and your time.
John Volk, CA