Wednesday, October 4; 5:00—6:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room
The Dripping Springs Library presents Steve & Gwendolyn Friedman’s ‘Flourishing Independently.’ The Friedman’s have compiled an essential reference guide for families with intellectual disabilities. They are thrilled to share learnings, tips, and essential information to help you navigate the oftentimes overwhelming path toward independence for your son or daughter. Topics will include social, safety, health, financial/benefits, legal instruments, housing, and more. While special focus will be afforded to teen and adult years, they will also talk about what new parents can do to begin their independence journey. Ample time will be provided for Q&A.
General overview of independence including independence planning, creating an independence team, supporting self-advocate aspirations, and tackling traditional obstacles including skillset, work & continuing education, financial & legal, and community inclusion & housing.
Steve Friedman is a parent, advocate, and award-winning author. Since retiring from corporate America, he has dedicated his writing to sharing experiences to empower others to navigate their path to personal independence. Steve and his wife, Jennifer, hail from Austin, Texas. Gwendolyn lives at the Marbridge residential living community in nearby Manchaca, Texas and their other two kids are in Washington, DC and Ohio State University.