Moving Your Adult Child to Independence

June 17, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Heather Resnick is a Revolutionary Parent who for 26 years has advocated for her daughter who lives with a mild intellectual disability. She describes her advocacy, life and work. She discusses the lives of young adults with mild intellectual disability. She explains the most challenging of the challenges experienced by parents and young adults in living independently. She highlights challenges to safety and wellbeing that they and their parents fear or that they could experience when living independently. From her research and work, she identifies successful ways to confront the challenges and the help most needed by parents and young adults. She says what more she wants to do to help parents in moving their adult children to independence, and to what more she wants to see done by healthcare, social and educational systems to help parents and their adult children in moving to independence. She shares her message to parents about moving their adult children to independence.

Family Caregivers Unite!

Family Caregivers Unite!

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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.

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Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.

Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.

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