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Planning the Future for Children with Disabilities

Planning the Future for Children with Disabilities

Guest Article by Charlotte Meier


When you have a child with a disability, it’s important to plan ahead for her future, particularly if she is going to need assistance caring for herself as an adult. There are many things you can do now, as she is growing, that will be beneficial for her later in life.

Plan for Your Child’s Adulthood Early On

Start as soon as you can; it’s never too early. As a parent of a child with a disability you need to be coming up with ideas for the future, even though you may not foresee a time when your child can live without your support. Most children outlive their parents, so it’s important that you make provisions for a time when you will not be there to care for your child. It helps to generate an image of the adult she will become, then you can begin to process the type of support she will need. Consider the community where she will live. What type of accommodation will she need? Who will her closest friends be? What kind of support group will she have? Share these ideas with your family and friends and they will help you build a clearer picture.

Learn From Adults With Disabilities

It may be difficult for you to imagine what it will be like for your child to live with her disability as an adult. To help you understand, you should get to know adults with the same or similar disability. Talk to them about their lifestyle and the level of support they need. You can also attend support groups and workshops where you can meet parents with older disabled children.

Research the Support Options in Your Community

It’s vital that you become familiar with the support options in your community for adults with disabilities. Look into groups and organizations that are involved with work programs, assisted living and recreational programs. There are many good resources online, such as the Center for Parent Information and Resources and Special Needs Resources.

Become an Advocate Within Your Community

Reach out to other families in your area through local parent support groups. Contact service providers and let them know about your child’s needs so that services will be readily available as and when she needs them. Find out how you can advocate for services that are not yet in place. Sign up for local organization’s newsletters, so you can keep abreast of the latest changes.

Help Your Child Connect

Build a foundation in your community for your child’s future. Help her to connect with local people, both disabled and non-disabled. The more people you child knows now, the stronger her network will be when she is an adult. Help your child make friends with non-disabled children in your area by arranging for them to do activities together, such as watching movies, baking cookies, or playing video games.

If you have a young child, it may, at this time, be hard to realize the importance of looking ahead to her adult future. But the sooner you begin to imagine how it’s going to be, the more prepared you will be and the easier it will be for you to help your child develop a strong foundation for independence. There’s no need to feel overwhelmed by creating a life plan for a child with a disability. Start now and build on it gradually, and when the time comes, it will be easier for you to help your child make the transition to adulthood.

Easter Bunny Basket Brigade

March 2016 — Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® teamed up with Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries to fill an urgent need for Easter Baskets. There are 352 children in the Kendall Country area that will be receiving Easter baskets and other goodies.

On Friday March 11th a team of volunteers helped assemble baskets, donations and treats. Additional donations are still being accepted at the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Boerne Office located at 1677 River Road in Boerne. It is through the efforts of our volunteers and members of our team that deliveries to help children enjoy a happy Easter full of love and laughter is possible.

We asked Debbie about what giving back to the community has meant to her and she replied, “I was completely overwhelmed by what we were able to accomplish with the donations we received! The volunteers that came together and brought their family members to help assemble baskets and fill plastic eggs was amazing.  We will be delivering 150 completed baskets, 844 Candy Filled Eggs, 300 Bibles, 100 pairs of girls socks, 144 bottles of nail polish, 100 tubes of chap/lip gloss, plus other miscellaneous items to be put in baskets for girls ages 11-18.  I am very proud of the group that we have and how we all come together to help those in need.  We had a great time putting the baskets together and some had extra fun as our Special Candy Inspectors.  Thanks to those special people, we know for sure the children will be safe with their candy! Because of all of you, there will be some very happy children this Easter.”

Delivery of baskets to Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries will be on Wednesday March 16th at 12:00pm. HCDBM facilities are located at 38 Cascade Caverns Rd. in Boerne.

For more information contact:

Debbie McNeal at (210) 269-6929 or via email dmcneal@cbharper.com



Santa Visits Boerne

UnknownDecember 5th — The First Give was hosted by Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Boerne Office. Every year we collect hundreds of stuffed animals from our community through clubs, schools, Scouts and personal donations to GIVE to our local children and charities in need.

This year we wanted to share the joy with children in Kendall County by inviting them to visit Santa at our Boerne Office. The kids enjoyed holiday treats and picked out their very own stuffed animals to love FIRST and then GIVE the remaining stuffed animals to the charities. We even had some that you can GIVE to your favorite family pet so they can share in the holiday spirit!

Santa arrived on the fire truck promptly at 12pm (complete with lights and sirens) and the children were waiting close-by in the inflated bouncy house. Aside from inflatable fun, the children also enjoyed hot cocoa, cookies and stuffed animals to love. Amy Thibodeaux, VP of Residential Sales for the Boerne Office snapped this quick video of Santa arriving and posted it to her community Facebook page here.









Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Boerne Office

1677 River Road • Boerne, TX 78006


For more information please contact:

Amy Thibodeaux,

(830) 816-7200 • athibodeaux@cbharper.com




Back To School 2015

The school year snuck up so fast it seems, and if you’re not perfectly prepared this year, that’s ok. We have compiled a check list that might get you a bit caught up, or at the very least ahead of the curve for 2016.

37_2525560It’s easy to fall into a relaxing, carefree routine during those blissful summer months. No breakfast rush, spilled coffee or traffic lines in the school zones to tangle with. Just a few simple steps can keep you on track throughout the summer, so the jumpstart in August isn’t quite so rough.

JUNE (3 months before school starts)

  • Familiarize yourself with the school your child will be attending. Gather basic school information and let them know they’re coming. Introduce yourself to the school secretary, principal or other parent group leaders.
  • If your child needs any extra services like a tutor, get testing done prior to the start of school. This is especially helpful in identifying needs without the pressure of time constraints that can be experienced during the school year.
  • Find out what vaccinations are required and combine that with your child’s annual check-up. Planning those visits for the summer months can be less stressful, this includes dentist and optometrist.
  • Double check the summer reading list and reserve them from the bookstore or order online. If you have a digital device like a Kindle, it is as simple as a download.
  • Look into the curriculum for the coming year and work it into summer plans.
  • Have a calendar in your child’s room, mark the first day of school and other events (depending on their age) to help them understand goal setting and planning. Add these and other important events to your iCal or planner so dates do not sneak up.

1267_4944197JULY (2 months before school starts)

  • Ask little questions to inquire how much your child is retaining. Often times learning is best when incorporated into fun activities. For example, an impromptu science lesson at the beach makes for a wonderful long-lasting experience.
  • Setting aside reading times several days a week can help them stay on track with summer reading. Even planning a night around a book theme based on what your child has learned is a fun and unique way for them to appreciate reading.
  • Keeping a balance through planning helps alleviate an overloaded schedule. Taking time off is important too.

488_3205435AUGUST (one month before school starts)

  • If your child is going to a new school, doing practice runs of the bus schedule or visiting the school to familiarize them reduces anxious feelings they might have.
  • If you have concerns, email the principal and see if they would be willing to meet.
  • Make transportation, child care or after school program arrangements.
  • You might consider offering to help with back-to-school activities if you’re interested in becoming more involved with school organizations.
  • Look at the school year and create basic guidelines on scheduling for the year, noting any holidays and extended vacations.
  • Work out a Back-To-School budget, plan a list of clothing, backpack needs and supplies needed for the upcoming year.
  • This is a good time to clean out closets and donate items that no longer fit.


  • Talk with you child about goals for the school year ie., making friends, sports involvement or other goals he would like to see achieved.
  • Start setting alarm clocks, gradually adjusting bedtimes and wake-up times.
  • Confirm after care arrangements and save contact info in your phone, iCal.
  • Shop for school supplies, stocking up on staple items like pencils and paper.
  • Finish up any summer reading work.
  • Finalize the ‘Master Calendar’, either a family dry-erase board or digital planner just for parent organization. Consider color coding by child or activity.


  • Typically this is when an ‘Open House’ event occurs that reveals class lists and an opportunity to meet the teacher.
  • Review school rules and policies with your child. Talk about expectations and responsibilities of the upcoming year.
  • Give your child an opportunity to discuss worries or other questions they might have.
  • Go over supplies list and make sure you have everything.


  • Pack a lunch or snack, ensure your child’s lunch card has money for the first week.
  • Help your child lay out their clothes and school items.
  • Have your child pack their backpack and double check they have everything.
  • Prep breakfast so the morning runs smoothly.
  • Set alarm clocks.


  • Get everyone up a few minutes early to make sure the family is on-time.
  • Make time to finish breakfast or have your child take it with them.  Protein is key for a productive start. Snacks like peanut butter, turkey, eggs or yogurt are great ideas.
  • If you have time, take a photo. This year only happens once!
  • Give your children extra hugs and positive words to help start their day off right.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully planned your school year.