How do YOU find housing for a friend with disabilities?

We’re looking for an apartment for our young adult child who has several disabilities. She has a very small microbusiness, which is the best thing in her life, but essentially, she lives on SSI. That’s poverty, friends. So we’re looking for options for inexpensive housing that can also be somewhat supportive.

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We’ll be sharing our strategies for apartment hunting, but we thought we’d give you the chance to share your ideas first. So how do you find a place for your child or friend to live? Tell us all about it in the box below.

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Girls’ Social Group Starting for 2018

The Girls’ Group will take place on the first and third Thursdays of every month through May, starting on January 18. We meet at 1981 Eden Road, Mason, MI  48854, from 6:30 to 8 PM. We’ll be talking about short term and long term goals for the first few meetings, with lots of time for talking, laughing, and fun. The group is designed for young women ages 12 and up, but our current group has more older girls (17 and up). We’d like to have another day of the week for younger girls (middle school up through high school only), so if you have a younger girl, call or email Lydia first. 517-676-4621 lschuck51@gmail.com.

The Sound of Music — Join in!

Musical opportunities to look into, here in Mid-Michigan

Community Music School, Michigan State University

Opportunities for music education and music therapy are available to people of all ages with special needs. Through music programming at CMS, individuals with special needs have found joy, new friendships, and have made progress in the acquisition of motor, verbal, communication and social skills through music.  http://www.cms.msu.edu/el/special/index.php

All Faith Ministry for disABILITIES

“Harmony-us”  Music Therapy Group at the Okemos Library located at 4321 Okemos Road in Okemos. Free for All Ages and All Abilities and limited to 15 participants. Led by Denise Travis, a Board Certified Music Therapist. Please RSVP to Cathy Blatnik, Program Director at 517-381-1410 http://disabilitiesministries.org/

Elderly Instruments

Why should you go to Elderly Instruments for a little winter “field trip”? Because Elderly is an established music store (in business since 1972) with a real showroom and employees who like music, play music, and really know the instruments they sell. Your curious questions will be welcomed at Elderly! 888-768-9834 http://www.elderly.com

 

Younger girls, too — Meeting in 2018

Our girls’ group has become a fairly steady little group, but it is mostly girls who are out of high school. Sometimes we meet someone with a younger daughter or friend, and maybe they don’t want to bring a 12 year old to our group with older young ladies.

In February, we’ll start a monthly group for girls ages 12 to 17. Of course this is flexible, since girls develop at different rates. Generally, older girls are talking about living, learning, and playing in settings away from family. Younger girls are still very much thinking of themselves within family and school building contexts.

Older girls will enjoy goal-setting for adult life, while younger girls would rather talk about getting through high school. Which girl is your daughter, granddaughter, or friend? Watch this space for announcements of meetings in 2018.

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Partying on the 14th

The Girls’ Social Group meets on Dec. 14 at 6:30 for our last meeting of the year…we’ll be exploring some sensory delights as we celebrate being friends and starting a new year together. Come on over! 6:30 PM (or earlier if you like) 1981 Eden Road, Mason, MI  48854

We’d like to know if you have an idea for our meetings in the new year. What would you or your daughter want to learn about becoming an adult? What fun activity would you like to share? Tell us below if you have an idea. And be sure to follow the site!

Things to know and do in Lansing

I grew up outside of Chicago, with great transportation, lots of interesting people in my school, and a beautiful lake about a mile from my house. Here in Lansing we have good transportation, lots of interesting people in the schools, workplaces, cafes, and colleges, and the same big lake, well it’s a couple of hours from here…but we have lots of little lakes around!

If you are a young adult with disabilities or a parent, you might be looking for things to do in Lansing. Here are few I found recently.

517 Living (Lansing Area Living) is a calendar that connects Lansing Area adventurers with unique, life-enhancing events and activities hosted by local businesses and organizations. You can post your events there, and sign up to get a weekly list of what’s happening. We’ve even advertised the Girls’ Social Group there a couple of times.

Abrams Planetarim Sensory Friendly Shows on the third Sunday of every month at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. These shows will run with the lights up, the sound down, and the theater doors open so people can move about as needed.Their ordinary shows are pretty cool, too.

The Library of Things service at the Capital Area District Library supports lifelong learning and creativity. Adult cardholders can borrow these practical, hands-on items to learn new skills, explore areas of interest, or help with everyday tasks. The loan period is either one week or two weeks, depending on the Thing. All Things have an option to renew for an additional week, if no one else is on hold. You’ve got to browse at the link above…you will be surprised at the things you can borrow from the library. Theremini or Bocce Ball, anyone?

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First Steps into Adult Life

It can be very challenging to take your first steps into adult life.

If you are a young adult with a disability that makes it difficult or impossible to find work, you might try going to college. But if you also find it difficult or impossible to attend college right now, there’s probably very few options of things to do to fill your days. It’s not that you don’t want to do something productive, it is just not working out right now.

Your parents long for you to be fulfilled, to be happy, to be living the life you want to live. Sometimes it’s hard to even figure out what life you want to live.

So what are you doing with your time?  One thing you can do is join the Girls’ Social Group on December 5th and 14th for a time of learning and fun.

Another thing you can do is form a network of friends who will encourage you. In the past, young women who attend the Girls’ Social Group have made friends and followed each other on social media, kept in touch by text, did things together, and were really happy to see each other at every meeting of the group.

On December 5, we’ll meet again in Mason, 1981 Eden Road, from 6:30 to 8 PM. We’ll be talking about making those first steps into adult life. We’ll be planning some new activities for the new year. Come join us!IMG_2286

 

 

 

 

The 4 Parts of Girls Social Group Meetings

The girls’ group will meet on December 5 (Tuesday) and December 14 (Thursday). We meet in Mason, at 1918 Eden Road from 6:30 to 8:00.

Girls’ group meetings have four parts.

  1. Introduce ourselves and share snacks.
  2. Play a game that will make us laugh and talk together.
  3. Do an activity together that helps young women prepare for successful adulthood.
  4. Have at least a half hour of time to relax and talk.

A young woman you know (age 12 or over) might like to join us. Our meetings are facilitated by Lydia Schuck, PhD, a transition specialist. You can reach Lydia at 517-676-4621. Lydia’s daughter, Anna is a group member, and also hosts the meeting at her home.

What would you like to know about our group? Who do you know that might want to come?

What’s Up? Meeting on 11/7 and 11/16

Meet with other young women for fun and friendship! We’ve started meeting on a Thursday each month in addition to the first Tuesday. In November, that’ll be the 7th and the 16th. We meet at 6:30 until 8. At each meeting we have a snack and time of introductions, play a game that helps us to feel more comfortable with each other, and then spend some time on an activity that helps us plan for adult life. Join us at 1981 Eden Rd. Mason, MI.

Looking for other things to do in November? Check out 517living.com for more activities in the Lansing area.

Did you know that the library now loans more than books and videos? You can borrow games, Raspberry Pi, sewing machines, an air quality monitor, tools for photography, and much more! Take a look: http://www.cadl.org/find-books-and-more/lot-heading/browse/

There’s a book discussion group once a month on Monday at the Mason branch of the Capital Area District Library.  Join friends for adult coloring on selected Thursdays. Look it all up through www.cadl.org.

The Allen Street Market is open on Wednesdays. Every 4th Friday, you could go to a Craft and Gab session at Columbia Road Baptist Church outside Mason…Lots to do….Get out there and try it out!

 

Girls’ Group Meeting on October 19 in Mason

Girls’ Group, facilitated by Lydia Schuck and sponsored by Eden Transition Alliance, will meet on Thursday, October 19th.

Please join us at 6:30 at Anna Schuck’s home, 1981 Eden Road Mason, MI 48854.
Contact Lydia Schuck, transition specialist, at 517-676-4621, or reply to this email.

Join us: Meet new friends and share ideas about growing into successful adults.

At this meeting, we’ll have some social time, a snack, time to talk together, and time to share ideas of things we want to learn to move toward adult life goals.

Parents are invited to join in for the introductions and then either meet together or return to pick up girls at 8:00 PM. First time visitors may choose to have parents stay at the meeting. We laugh a lot and make new friends. Try out our group. There is no charge for participating.