Thursday, January 29, 2009

A place to live - 1

january 29 2009

One of my sons has PDD-NOS, an autism spectrum disorder.

He is very creative and a sportsman.
He has a group of friends around him, all but one with autism spectrum disorder.
Fate brought them together: they were all born in the same neighbourhood in town, and all loved skateboarding.

For a long time he refused to be diagnosed, even though he faced communication problems with people outside his group and family.

But last year he gave in and he was told he was dealing with PDD-NOS.
Pervasive Development Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified.

His main problems are:
  • not being able to put his feelings into words
  • feeling uncomfortable in groups (but his own)
  • being driven by certain ideas, even when they are unrealistic
  • not being able to deal with more than average stress and tension
  • knowing a lot about certain subjects
  • acting on impulses at some moments and on good thinking the next
  • when he doesn't know what to do he needs support or he gets silent or agitated
  • etc etc

  • He's 20 and a while ago he told us he wanted to live at a place of his own.

    His social worker found him the perfect place:
    an apartment at the other side of a large bridge, with special support and care available. There's always someone on call.

    A perfect solution we all thought.

    But then the woman of the caregiver's office told us (opposite of what the head office told)that they didn't take people with autism spectrum disorder with a normal intelligence.
    But when he showed a slight retardation, he would be accepted.

    So we're in for another battle.

    to be continued...

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    1. Go fight for it! What a lame excuse... Don't forget to disuss or rather fight it out with the hed office as well.. Good luck in your battle! :)

    2. Good luck with this situation. My nephew has severe autism.

    3. Good luck! You are a good person::)


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