In 1985, we welcomed our firstborn, Cortney, into this world. Born with multiple complications, she endured numerous life-threatening operations. In the first weeks of her infant life, continuing into her early childhood years. Often times the thought of what she was enduring medically was almost unspeakable experience. But somehow, the strength that we drew upon as husband and wife. During those times taught us important life lessons. Despite the complications, surgeries, and medical prognosis, Cortney grew into the beautiful young woman she is today.
And though she has congenital nervous system malformations. Leaving her non-verbal, non-ambulatory, and unable to care for herself. Each day Cortney faces one challenge after another with strength, dignity, and determination. Her sister, Chelsea, seven years younger, champions Cortney’s efforts as she accomplishes her daily goals. No doubt everyone has heard about special needs programs for the disabled young child, young adult, or older adult.
POST-EDUCATIONAL LIFE PROGRAM FOR ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Many, if not most, are advocate and participate in programs leading up to the equivalent of graduating high school. But there are few post-graduate choices for the IDD community. It is incredible to think that in a state full of cultural experiences, arts, and entertainment. And some of the finest services available to the community, we lack post-educational life program for adults with disabilities. They are viable members of our community. So they deserve a place to further advance the basic life skills learned in high school programs.
In 2007, we opened Cortney’s Foundation. A safe, engaging, and innovative environment for those that aged out of the public-school system. As our program for adults with disabilities grew and we became more focused on delivering the mission. The name was changed in 2011, to Cortney’s Place. The change better serves our vision of creating opportunities for adults living with IDD. By offering a center-based day program, Cortney’s Place provides re-enforcement necessary so that each individual maximizes their potential. Thank you for being a part of the Cortney’s Place family! Fondly, Jim, Cindy, Cortney, and Chelsea Carpenter