POD "A" (Parents of Disabled Adults)
POD "A" (Parents Of Disabled Adults) forum/online support/shared advocacy network/information exhange for parents of adult children with mental/learning disabilities.
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about 9 hours ago
My son is 32 years old chronologically, but due to a TBI was diagnosed as 9 1/2 to 11. Like most disabled adults, they want to be like any other adult. Am I being just a overly concerned, over protective parent if my gut instincts are telling me a "normal" woman seems to need a human ATM. And HER friends noticed too. And now, he's telling me that his social security payee should pay her bills, (because she moved him in with her) and he is supposed to be her bread winner?
Jeff in Texas said...
2 days ago
I am the 54 year-old father of a 22 year-old daughter with social communication disorder, depression, and nonverbal learning disorder. My now ex-wife fled to be with an old high school boyfriiend in another state a year ago and left me with all of the emotional and financial responsibility for our daughter. I am exhausted and living paycheck to paycheck. This is not where I ever dreamed I would be at this point in my life. I am trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel but it seems to be moving further and further away.
Patricia Madi said...
2 days ago
I am the mother of a 23 year old male with Cerebral Palsey. Its beginning to get really hard on me. I am fortunate to have a part time job which gets me out of the house for a few hours a couple of days a week but he is still home with no where to go. Like many of you have said my son has been on a waiting list for approximately five years. His number is always in the 1300's so realistically I know there's a good chance he probably will never get into an adult program. I have even met other mothers whose children are over 30 years old and have never been called. Its really a sad situation for all of us that has to go through this. There are so many things that I would like to do in life but can't. I can only go certain places because he has seizures and is wheelchair bound. We as parents need some type of help so that we may enjoy life too. Its like you dont want to send them away to a home and you don't want just anybody coming into your home either to stay with them especially if they are non verbal and will not be able to tell you anything that's going on. I have family but everyone has their own lives to live and no one seems to want to hear when I say Im tired and need help. All I can do is to continue to pray that we will soon receive some type of assistance. No one truly understands what we go through.
7 days ago
Hi! My good girlfriend is taking care of her developmentally disable brother. He is almost 50. He has changed his behavior. He's wetting the bed every night and has even relieved himself while watching tv in his chair. She just doesn't know what to do!
Anyone else been through this and have ideas?
10 days ago
Hello, my name is Hope. I have a child that is 24. She is autistic and is currently receiving disablity. I am about to loose my job because I need to stay home often to tend to her and her needs. She does not receive any services and I am told she is on the waiting list. 6 years she has been on the waiting list. I am unsure of what options I have. I called dss today and they told me about a day program. I don't believe she would benifit from this type of program. Any help would be great!
Evie O'Neill said...
14 days ago
I am a 78 year old single mother of two sons with learning Disabilities. One son is employed and one on disability because of back issues. Their father passed away in 1997. They both are independent and can take care of themselves as far as most things are concerned. They each have banking accounts and manage them themselves. We live in an over 55 community where our club house has game nights and dinners etc. My eldest son does not drive, but the older one does. My problem is that we live where we have no family. Good friends, but no family. I took out a term life policy when I was in my 50 and just realized that that policy which is for 200.00 will go from 87.00 a month to $ 358..00 in 2018. I am in good health but on a fixed income and can not afford to keep the policy. I can not leave these guys so unprotected as my income pays most of the mortgage and upkeep expenses on our house. I don't think they could make it without additional income. Because of my age now just for a minimal policy it is $$$$$. I need to work out things for them now but don't know where to start????? Any advice or suggestions will be considered and appreciated.
15 days ago
I am 44 year old single mother to one college age young adult. I moved to Florida from Massachusetts. I am looking to build a tiny house on foundation. I'd like to have 2 bedrooms in this unit. I am looking for a family who would be interested in having their adult child live a more independent life but through the assistance of me. I have experience in home care, interdependence and being an advocate. The house will be in a tiny house community in Florida.
19 days ago
My 38 year old daughter who has been completely dependant on us, has suddenly decided to rebel and as she puts it"have her own life". Mentally she is 13 and we realize this is typical for that age, but she refuses to follow house rules and be respectable, argues about everything. Any suggestions?
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