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FAMILIES TOGETHER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
April 14, 2011

I have been wth FT for over 10 years. In that time, I have shared the sorrow of my sons diagnosis of "severe autism" as well as the death of my husband. The one weekend we all cherish in memory and anticipation are the Family Together getaways...Even my non-verbal son will say "Families together?" as he anticipates the event! It is the only place that we have discovered that accepts as ALL as a family, not the pieces of us ..ie: not just a camp for special needs children, not just a camp for parents, not just a camp for siblings, but a FAMILY camp that understands the needs families like mine need to be able to attend such an event~ !

Families Together is one of the few organizations in the country that "get it". The families-together weekends caters to building family strength in an arena that usually serves to divide families (by ability) . The people and the events hosted by Families Together is a rare jewel in the maze of "special needs". Its a resting spot where a family can get their bearings and assimilate the meaning of terms, events and resources dropped on their families by the acquisition of a child with Special Needs. The hard copy information, as well as the hands-on help is the epitome of what a "non profit" should be.

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the happy memories and recall. I've seen the happiness it brings both my kids, and me.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make FT events happen all over the U.S. and be accessible for every family dealing with special needs. I would hope to house them in a permanent "camp" that allowed them to grow and expand to serve as many family's as possible!

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & We have attended many Families Together events.