The folks at Tri-Counties Regional Center publish a regular newsletter/magazine called TriLine for its consumers with developmental disabilities and their families, as well as its vendored service providers and interested members of the community.
The Winter 2010 issue has not yet been published to their site, but you can view past issues in their archives. They have nonetheless given us permission to republish one article from the Winter 2010 issue titled “The Power of Pets” that features one of the children from the KPS4Parents family, Alison La Douceur.
Many thanks to Alison’s mother, Diane La Douceur, for obtaining permission and a PDF copy of the article from the folks at Tri-Counties to publish it on our site. This article speaks to the incredible power that animals can have in the lives of people challenged by disability.
But, this article also speaks to the tremendous effort that Diane and her husband, John, have made to help Alison become a provider of intervention rather than just a recipient of it. By working with her Border Collie, Sadie, to help others, Alison has developed skills that will serve her for the rest of her life in spite of the challenges that her handicapping conditions present.
Helping children, including those with developmental disabilities, to become as independent as possible not only gives them more personally fulfilling life experiences, it helps them become contributors to the greater good. Too many people presume that children and adults with developmental disabilities are “lost causes,” so impaired that they will never lead productive lives.
But Alison is already proving at her young age that making a significant positive contribution is entirely achievable by those with developmental disabilities. She makes clear what many children who have been written off as lost causes are capable of.
KPS4Parents is very appreciative of the work that Alison and Sadie do, as well as her parents’ tireless efforts to keep her actively involved in the community. We are also very appreciative to the La Douceur family for sharing this story with us and permitting us to share it through our blog.
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