How do I spell relief?

C-A-R-E-G-I-V-E-R

 

Recently I was asked to write an article for Frontline Initiative, a publication of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals.  The specifics of this issue are “Psychiatric disabilities and intellectual or developmental disabilities”  – an area that I am very familiar with.

 

Today, I received my hard copies in the mail and would like to share my story of thanksgiving about two wonderful people (and their wonderful spouses) who “get” my son!

 

Frontline Initiative article by Cheryl Felak

Gretchen and Kelly came from Spokane and visited Thomas - This is after their trip to Red Robin for lunch!

Gretchen and Kelly came from Spokane and visited Thomas – This is after their trip to Red Robin for lunch!

 

 

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Gretchen and Thomas (maybe 2010?)

Kelly and T - 15 years

 

 

Kelly and Thomas at Thomas’ 15th Birthday Party – which also happened to be Mardi Gras that year!

Alex and Thomas Christmas 2010

Thomas and Alex at Christmas Eve Dinner Celebration 2010

Alex included Thomas in his wedding by asking Thomas to announce the closing Hymn.

“Lord of the Dance”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V9YTfqOrrU&feature=youtu.be

Thomas and James at Alexes wedding

 

Thomas getting ready to make his closing hymn announcement at Alex and Maria’s wedding, June 16, 2012