Friends! New and Old

So…lately I’ve been thinking about changing the days that I spend at Opportunity Networks. I know I get to spend two days with them, but I’ve been feeling like two days is not enough.  If nothing else, I would like to switch my days to Thursday and Friday, because Opportunity Networks does a lot of really cool things on those days, including the News Crew and Music Group.  I know that it will take a conversation with my school, and I will have the support of my family and my friends from Opportunity Networks, so I don’t think it will be an issue.

Honestly, I can’t wait until I am 21 so that I can start spending my whole week with Opportunity Networks.  I feel like the people there are part of a community, and it’s a place where I can be included, and people care what I have to say.  If you read my last blog post, you know that I am working to be as independent as possible, and I hope someday to live completely independently, with some supports.  That will happen through self-advocacy, my own strength as a person, and help from those who care about me.

I have a friend who is starting to transition over to Opportunity Networks, and I have always felt like sort of a mentor to her.  We went to school together, and I’m really glad that we will be able to spend more time together.  I used to help her at school with her talker (augmentative communication device), and I would do anything for her.  When I help her, it makes me feel so good about myself, and I know that it makes her feel good and more comfortable as well.  I look forward to hanging out and being able to help her at Opportunity Networks, as well.

Until next time,

Dee out!

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