Our son has been a resident of NHS AVS for almost 30 years, and we could not be more pleased with his care. The staff has always shown kindness and compassion in working with Tommy, and his happiness in being there is testimony to their efforts. I also serve on the Human Rights Committee, and visit one AVS facility almost daily,so I have the opportunity to see AVS from many angles, and it an outstanding organization in every respect.
Even though I have a disability doesn’t mean I can’t have independence in my life. It’s hard for me to do a lot of things on my own which means I can’t live in an apartment like other people with disabilities can. So I live in a group home which is called NHS Allegheny Valley School to help me be more independent. I have learned to do more things than where I used to live like sorting my own laundry into laundry baskets. And put them in the washer and dryer on my own. I have learned to pack my own lunch put my lunch in the fridge, and put it into my lunch box. I have learned to do household chores where I live now. I have learned how to make my own bed in the morning. I also learned how to do my own hair in the morning. I really enjoy having these goal plans to help me become more independent. I have learned to pick out my own clothes the night before for the next day so that I can get dressed in the morning. I have learned to unload the dishwasher for the next meal and learned how to put everything away where it belongs. And I also learned how to put my stuff in the dishwasher after breakfast. I have been going to the grocery store on Wednesdays near where I live and help get groceries for my house. I have been going swimming some months at Main Campus with my friends to help get my legs stronger. I actually was able to walk at the park with my crutches to help get my legs stronger. I am happy at NHS Allegheny Valley School. I am learning a lot and becoming more independent.
Megan – NHS/AVS consumer – excerpts from an essay she wrote about what she’s learned in the time she’s lived at an NHS/AVS home and participated in an NHS/AVS day program.