Letters (Mar. 23, 2011)

Second disabilities meeting planned


On behalf of Parents as Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (PAID of Marion County) we would like to thank those folks who attended our public forum Feb. 17 in Hills?boro.

Thank-you to the city of Hillsboro for allowing us to use the west room of their city building to meet. Everyone gave up the beautiful outdoors that evening to come and listen and bring their ideas to the table.

It was a wonderful meeting of community members of our county. Parents attended who had children with disabilities who were even as young as 2 years old.

Parents are thinking ahead, and their interest at this point in their children?s lives is a testament to Marion County. They plan to reside here for the long term, and would like to see a future for their children with disabilities, in our county.

Whether it be a job in the community, day services, or residential living, etc., we are unsure at this point what those services would entail. Great ideas and visions and success stories were shared that evening. Barriers to these ideas were shared as well.

We would like to extend an invite to a second public forum to continue discussions related to these ideas. Parents, educators, as well as community members and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the west room of the Hillsboro City Building.

Heather Vinduska, Jane Wiens

PAID of Marion County

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