Setting realistic goals for the future is not an easy task. Life often gets in the way and dreams of accomplishments are pushed aside for a later date. Staying motivated and encouraged by others is often the key to reaching individual goals.
Parents with special needs children are left feeling discouraged and disappointed in the opportunities available to their child as they reach adulthood. There is a great responsibility on the parents to ensure that their child is placed in an environment with transitional training and job skills. The key to achieving individual goals is a passion for what one wants and a support group full of encouragement. Parents must not rely on public services offered and need to take an active role in the future of their child.
Many states are implementing budget cuts that are unfortunately reducing the amount of services and support available. Parents should not allow schools, funding and government agencies the ability to determine the future. Success is possible and parents should never underestimate the potential their child has. Many times if we listen we will discover what will make others happy and dreams can come true even when services are limited.