by June Beck
Put on a musical style movie or a disney song and dance TV show, and our son, Jon, is in motion. He loves the music, the dance and the sense of theater, but until CAA, this was a private connection for Jon mostly with his TV.
We feel that Jon who, has DS and is 40 years old, has a pretty remarkable life. He finished his schooling with an independent living certificate from Gavilan College. He has had a job at the local pharmacy since 1997, volunteers in his community, is well know around town, in his church, and lives independently from family in his own home. What is not to like?
There was a void in his life….in that there was not a place or a group of people that he could comfortably associate with and participate in life long learning. We longed for something that was actually structured to teach and build skills, not just entertain.
This void was was filled by College of Adaptive Arts. He now has a place to perform, recreate, connect socially with others and enjoy his love of music, theater and dance. When the golf program was added, Jon was definitely “all in.” Instead of an occasional game and the six weeks per year of Special Olympic golf, Jon has opportunity to keep his golf going much of the year.
College of Adaptive Arts has been a wonderful outlet for Jon, giving him opportunity to develop skills, maintain friendships, and gives him a creative outlet for all that energy previously directed at his TV. When Angels on Stage was formed, we were delighted to hear about it, but sad that Jon was already too old to participate....