Julie Larson first connected with Starbridge when she began the self-direction services process for her now 7-year-old son Beau. She then signed up for Starbridge’s Family Empowerment Series, a multi-week program to prepare families to be better advocates for their children with disabilities.
We asked Julie to tell us about her experience with Starbridge so far. Here is what she shared with us:
“My goal is always to be the best advocate for Beau and make sure he has the supports he needs to thrive and reach his utmost potential. I am always willing to learn and make new connections in the community if it will benefit my son.
Beau is an energetic, sweet, and handsome boy. He likes to jump, climb and swing his day away. He enjoys biking on his adaptive tricycle, equine therapy, and riding in his aunt’s utility vehicle on her farm. Beau loves to give hugs and enjoys the company of his family. He is learning how to communicate his needs and express himself.
I don’t know what he wants to do when he is older, but whatever it is I will help him reach his goals! Right now, Beau would like a farm with a donkey. Maybe a llama. Definitely a goat!
Many parents create businesses for their children and I think that’s a strong possibility when Beau has completed school.
I want my son to be happy and to live a purposeful life. I want him to set goals and to work on becoming the best possible version of himself, regardless of his disability. I hope that he can live independently and advocate for himself. I pray that the people who support him are kind, patient, and trustworthy. I wish for him to find love and companionship. Finally, I hope he maintains strong ties with his siblings.
My dream is to know I made the best choices for my children and to leave this world a little better than I found it.”
People tell us that self-direction makes them feel they are living the lives that so many of us take for granted: with choice and freedom. You are in charge of where you live, how you spend your days, what you do to stay healthy and active in your community, and who you hire to assist you. To learn more, to find out whether you are eligible and what steps you would need to take, contact our FI Department at 585-224-7232 or email@example.com.
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