Linda and her Superhumans;
Mohammad and Kristin.
In December of 1998, I made a promise to a young student, who went through 6 residential placements in under two years, that I would do whatever it took to take him home with me. Twenty-one years later and we’re still rocking it. I’d like to introduce you to my Superhumans; Mohammad and Kristin. Kris was also a student of mine and has been with us for 13 years. They make me a stronger advocate and a more compassionate human being. They have defied many odds and are the strongest people I know.
To keep my promise to Mo, as he’s aged, I have transitioned my license from foster home, to a supported family living home, to a Limited License facility through the state of Kansas.
I am grateful to live in a state where this type of license is an option. With this license, I can provide day and residential services for up to 2 adults with developmental disabilities. I am one of 8 such providers in Johnson County.
I chose to remain a limited provider to be able to give them the specific individualized care they need. They stay very active in our community; swimming, riding horses, going to movies, shopping, getting massages and more. Mo and Kris have also been working on a bucket list for many years, already crossing off such things as; swimming with the dolphins, Disneyland, being in a wedding, and being in a dance recital.
My licensure also allows me time to be a more involved legal guardian to other adults living in the community.
Nineteen years ago, I bought a one level home a few blocks from here that I made barrier free to meet their current and future needs. It is my goal to give them a life with accessibility, a variety, consistency and love. I believe they have the right to learn, participate, and to contribute to the best of their ability.
Johnson County provides many wonderful services to the many families needing them. The numbers of individuals we serve in our community is continuing to rise. With the advances in medicine and personalized care, they are aging. I am proud to live in a community where I see many of our individuals employed, active, included and celebrated.
I am very thankful and fortunate to have;
- A tribe of friends who rally around us.
- The same case manager for most of the past 21 years.
- Involved guardians for both Kris and Mo.
- An accountant who really knows us and what is best for my small business.
- A great group of medical professionals.
- AND many people at the county and state levels that support us.
I encourage everyone to become a volunteer, a guardian, or an advocate. Join me in working with some of the most amazing people you will ever know. They are truly Superhumans.
Written by Linda Lott