Girls’ Group Meeting Friday October 25

Yes, it’s that time again. Join us at Bestsellers Books and Cafe in Mason on Friday, October 25,  for the second weekly meeting of the Girls’ Social Group. We’re looking for young women who are 16 and over to join us to learn and share about what it means to be a community. If you can’t come tomorrow, join us next week.

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If we were having coffee right now…

… we might be at Bestsellers Books and Cafe. You might be the parent of one of the girls in the social group meeting in the next room. I’d be talking with you and other parents for a few minutes about your news and resources you might need.cup of coffee orange

If we were having coffee right now … your daughter might be in the next room, talking with friends she just met, or someone she met the last time our Girls’ Social Group met. And tomorrow, she’d be in school, telling her teacher or classmate about what her friend said last night. Her friend! (Sometimes kids with disabilities only have adult friends.)

If we were having coffee right now … I’d walk away so that I could go join the Girls” Social Group participants in the next room. I’m the facilitator. I really enjoy teens, and  my own daughter with disabilities is long past the teen years. Over the years, I gathered a lot of information and, dare I say, wisdom, about ways to make the transition to adulthood easier.

If we were having coffee right now … the girls might be having their own girl-time, while I come back to chat with you. I’d show you what the cup of coffee tealgirls talked about … maybe “what is a community” or “how do I join the community of adults as I grow up”. The group would have talked about places in the community where they go with or without parents.

If I were having coffee right now … the day before the girls group happens … I’d be hoping that you will be there tomorrow, October 18 at 6 PM, at Bestsellers in Mason.


Girls’ Group Meeting Again in Mason, MI

The Girls’ Social Group will be meeting again! birds of different colors

We’ll be meeting for a 6-week long weekly series, starting on Friday, October 18 at Bestsellers Books and Cafe in Mason Michigan. It’s easy to access for wheelchair users, and there’s room for parents to meet, too, if they want to stay to talk. We’ll meet from 6 until just before 8, when the cafe closes. Arrive anytime between 6 and 6:30. That will be an informal gathering time, followed by our official meeting at 6:30.  These meetings are for young women age 16 and up. If you have a younger daughter, please indicate your interest in the form below. If we can have at least 2 regular attendees, I will start a group for younger girls.

After our 6-week series, we’ll take a break until February, and then have another series of 6 weeks.

Fall Girls’ Group Series Flyer



Back to School–It’s a different experience every year

colored pencil pointsLots of families have their kids in new school settings, or in the same ones as last year, but let’s face it, every year IS different.

Parents can really encourage each other through all kinds of situations. You might be surprised at the Facebook groups related to specific special education or medical diagnoses. I’ve seen one for the blindness-related syndrome ONH/SOD, another for albinism NOAH, another for CHARGE syndrome, and many for autism. Michigan has a group called Michigan Autism/Special Needs for Adults 18+. These are great places to find out who is in your area and what they need. Or go to those groups to ask your questions. Many of these groups are closed, and only members can see the posts. That is for the members’ privacy, not to keep visitors out. Ask to join and then get involved.