To Kevin, With LoveTina and Walter Underwood’s hopes and dreams for their son, Kevin, were always the same as those for his brother, Michael: that he would have hobbies and interests he enjoys, like horseback riding. He would also have friends and a community that supports him. Most of all, others would care for him and love him as much as they do. There was always an ever-present worry about Kevin’s future: Where could he possibly live, if not with his family? Where would it be and what would it look like? Most importantly, how do we find the right place for him?
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Flourishing Family – Meet Natalie and PriscillaMore than two decades ago, LSA McKendrie Home twins Priscilla and Natalie were born at just 27 weeks. At four months old, they began showing signs of both epilepsy and cerebral palsy. With their enduring medical needs such as gastronomy tubes, tracheal tubes, and for Priscilla, a visual impairment, their mother Jennie knew that the twins would need specialized care as they approached adulthood.
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The Drive to Thrive – Meet AmberWhen Amber was just three months old, she contracted spinal meningitis. The illness left her profoundly deaf, visually impaired, and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. As she grew up, however, she continually surpassed the limited expectations doctors set for her.Amber’s family knew she would flourish in an independent living environment, but her unique challenges made it extremely difficult to find the right place. Then they discovered LSA.
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Meet VanessaWhat a difference a year can make! Meet Vanessa, one of the Fab Five ladies living at our Jordan-Bennett residential care home in Campbell for adults with developmental disabilities. She’ll be the first to tell you, “I happy!” That’s because LSA has changed her life for the better.
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Bambi’s StoryEmpey resident Bambi recently celebrated a significant milestone: high school graduation! Her teacher Mary Scates and Santa Clara County Office of Education administrator Kathy Bays came to Bambi’s LSA home to present her with a Certificate of Completion. Bambi was cheered on by her roommates and LSA staff, and a party followed. Now that Bambi is 22 and no longer eligible to receive services from the public school system, she faces an issue that all adults with developmental disabilities and their families face: What’s next?
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Celebrating an Active Life Style – Meet PamWhen Pam arrived at LSA’s Rivermark Home, she couldn’t walk due to being extremely underweight and weak. She also struggled with seizures and was in and out of the hospital because of persistent infections. With recommendations by our dietitian, a personalized exercise program developed by our physical therapist, and caring LSA staff who implemented her program daily, Pam is back on her feet again and thriving!
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