Deena Medeiros is the founder of Boys Next Door Adult Family home, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving the long term care needs of men living with Developmental Disabilities in Puyallup, WA. Deena is also the parent of a 28 year old man living with a Developmental Disability (DD) and a strong advocate for the change within the Adult Family Home System.
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July 8, 2016
My journey into motherhood took an unexpected turn with the birth of my son Austin who was born with a developmental disability. Developmental Disabilities include Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Down Syndrome, amongst others. Austin was born in the year 1988, and my understanding of Developmental Disabilities was limited to my experiences in elementary school, where Special Education students were so isolated, so removed from the general population that we rarely saw them. After Austin was born, our family was catapulted into the world of Developmental Disabilities...