Our family has belonged to By Their Side for about ten years. They are a wonderful organization. Our son, age 31, has Down syndrome. He is living in a group home and is employed with employment support from a state-funded agency, but we are 72, so we worry about who will look out for his overall interests when we are gone. We also have a daughter, but she lives out of state so cannot follow her brother's needs and situation in real time. We are counting on By Their Side to fill that role. Since becoming members, we have been very involved with the organization, and we are tremendously impressed with their competence and their caring. They have helped us when we had problems with our son's provider agencies. We have a special needs trust for our son, and we are counting on By Their Side to work with our daughter and the trustee to make sure that the money is used to enhance his life, and we are counting on them to keep our daughter informed about her brother's situation. Having By Their Side involved just gives us tremendous peace of mind.
My family has belonged to By Their Side for six years, and I love the organization so much that I became a volunteer board member. We are counting on them to look after our son's interests after we are gone, and make sure that his trust fund is used to enhance his life. By Their Side has also helped us to already to navigate the disabilities support system and to resolve disagreements with his service providers. It is a great organization with a caring and professional staff as well as very dedicated volunteer leadership.
By Their Side provides expert advice and guidance for families navigating services for family members with intellectual disabilities.
I have 2 daughters with developmental disabilities. My husband and I have always worried about what will happen to the girls when we are no longer here. Neither side of the family is very involved with our girls. When our youngest was 6 months old, we heard about By Their Side (then MTRC) and decided to enroll. Over the years we have begun to realize just how much of a role By Their Side will play when the time comes for both our girls and the family member who has agreed to step up and watch out for them. To ensure this wonderful organization remains solvent and still exists at that time, I have become a Board member and have served for the past 10 years. I have seen and heard first hand about some of the great opportunities this organization has been involved in for our clients and our family recently hired By Their Side to assist us in getting through the application process for residential placement. Read the information on the website or call the office, they will be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.
We enrolled our son back when this organization was just getting off the ground and were so happy to find an organization dedicated to continue oversight of his care when we were no longer around! That is always one of the major worries of parents with lifelong dependent children. It's one peace of mind amidst the chaos. We have been so pleased at the rate and way it has grown in services that can be provided and the structure of the organization. Jeanne Walsh
We have belonged to By Their Side since its early days and have been amazed at how they have expanded their professionalism and programming. Our daughters will definitely be calling on By Their Side to help supervise their brother's care once we're gone. We also learned about the efficacy of having "family meetings" at a By Their Side meeting, and have put it into practice with great success.
By Their Side is extremely proactive in monitoring and evaluating my brother's care. He is in a terrific program that is absolutely perfect. His care is beyond expectations. Even in this circumstance, it is helpful to have By Their Side involved in evaluating his care. They take action and communicate with me long before I have questions. What a great partner.
We enrolled our older daughter in By Their Side in 2007, and are confident that it will assist her younger sister in overseeing her personal needs after we have departed this life. Having this resource will enable our younger daughter to pursue her career and dreams, without being solely responsible for such oversight. Not encumbering the younger sibling, so to speak, has been our lifelong goal. We are relieved that By Their Side will have the resources and volunteers to support its clients' needs.
This organization advocates for my retarded sister. They do a great job. Very professional, knowledgeable and efficient. I would highly recommend By Their Side as your advocate. Their name says it all-they are truly by their side.