(2019 Summer Series, Blog #6) This time of year, Matt is often asked where he goes to school. It’s understandable, considering his youthful appearance and mannerisms, as well as his small stature at 5’3″ and barely 110 pounds. His response of late: “I don’t go to school. I’m a working man!”
Most people wouldn’t know or appreciate just how hardworking this man is and how much progress he has made through high school, at SMILE Biscotti and now First Place. This summer’s blog series has allowed us to reflect on all the spaces where he continues to learn and grow—as do we, his parents. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of his specific personal goals, which we update as we help him with each step toward achieving greater independence. It’s also super important for us to take stock of the many ways he continues to advance.
Pictures provide powerful reminders of Matt’s growing independence. And thanks to the First Place vans and his proximity to the light rail, he now has the freedom to not just recite but actually experience his all-time favorite Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Enjoy this reflection of all the places we’ve been and the places we’ll go—together!
Check out previous posts from the 2019 Summer Blog Series here:
Intro – Matt’s Transition to First Place–Phoenix: Lessons learned along the way
- Plugging the Holes: Taking note of what Matt can—and can’t—do
- Small Steps and a Big Team: The benefits of high- and low-tech solutions
- Gradually Building on Success: Taking stock of the little stuff, too
- Test Run: Celebrating Matt’s growing independence—and a 35th-anniversary celebration in paradise
- On Our Watch: Creating confidence in the future