Empowering People with Differing Abilities
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Contributor: Erin Schultz, Executive Director, SOAR Fox Cities
What does living well mean to you? Is it hiking at High Cliff State Park or buying fresh produce at the downtown farmer's market? What about spending time volunteering or going to work at a job that you love? How do individuals with disabilities answer this question? The same way we do.
SOAR Fox Cities has enriched the lives of people with disabilities for nearly 65 years through its mission of empowering people with differing abilities. Below, Mary and Scott Peeples, caregivers for Brad, share his story of living well in the Fox Cities with the support of SOAR programs:
“It is not an understatement to say that SOAR has changed Brad's life and helps make it possible for our family to live well.
“Brad moved to Appleton five years ago to become part of our family, without knowing us or anyone in town. He quickly became involved in SOAR and it opened a whole new world for him. For the first time in his life, he made several friends who he now gets together with on occasion and talks to on the phone daily. SOAR activities are Brad's only independent outlet, as he does not work or attend any other type of structured program. This is critical to his independence and sense of self.
“It is also important to our family in general because these activities provide opportunity for rest and for each member of the family to have time for themselves.”
SOAR envisions a world in which people are recognized for their ABILITIES not their disABILITIES. SOAR’s eight programs reach children as young as three and adults into their later years. Annually, SOAR hosts over 300 activities that touch the lives of those with a disability, their caregivers, and the community. To learn more about SOAR Fox Cities, their programming and how you can get involved, visit www.soarfoxcities.com.