Posted on 12/05/2017 at 03:38 PM by Troy Cummings
In the spirit of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, here is my story. My daughter Olivia has a form of Autism called Asperger Syndrome. Asperger’s is a developmental disorder, with the main difficulties being with social interaction and nonverbal communication. Other difficulties are repetitive behavior and narrow interests.
We have two older “normal” children so one of the most difficult things for me as a parent was the realization that this child will never be “normal”. For me, this was a big step, but the first step in making sure our daughter got the assistance she needed.
We moved to Coralville five years ago to put our daughter into the Iowa City school system, which does an amazing job with special needs kids. Our daughter attended West High for 2 years and now Olivia is currently enrolled in a voluntary program called TSC or Transitions Services Center. TSC provides community-based education and training for special education students ages 18-21 and they work to increase students level of independence. Skills are taught and practiced in real-life settings, focusing on living and working skills. The staff at TSC does a great job in helping these young adults be as independent and successful as they can be, with the challenges that they face.
Ron Goodwin, Driver Manager