Wed, Jan 18, 2012 09:01 AM
In Dec. 2011, the Self Advocates Becoming Empowered -
Rutland donated many presents to their adopted family for Christmas
through the Boys and Girls club. Throughout the month,
members of the adults with developmental disabilities group, first
talked about what they wanted to buy for an adopted family, then
they contacted the organization. With the excitement of
finding a family the shopping began.
The Self Advocates decided to gift food for the whole meal on
Christmas day and presents for the children. Of course, the gifts
had to be wrapped to be presented properly, so an afternoon of
wrapping was next on the agenda. The group had their own
party of exchanging gifts, holiday song and snacks, then they got
on a bus to ride to the connecting organization. Gift by gift
and member by member they got off the bus and flooded into the
building with glowing spirits.
Before any of this could happen the group had to raise
money. They held a car wash, ran a candy bar sale, and
brought in pennies every month.
The Self Advocates Becoming Empowered- Rutland is a group
that learns to speak up for their needs, how to participate in and
be contributing members in meetings, and how to set and reach
goals. One of their goals this year was to educate the
community about disability awareness, but no one took them up on
it. They have a training they do that takes from 10 minutes to an
hour based on your needs, to show how individuals with
developmental disabilities are just like people without
disabilities; we all have dreams, fears, likes, dislikes and
feelings. They left the season feeling extremely good about
their goal of adopting a family and for accomplishing seven other
goals for the year.
Lisa S. Lynch,
Executive Director, ARC Rutland Area