Student Nomination Story

Letter from a parent: Once in a great while you meet someone that impacts your life so profoundly that you will never be the same. That person offers direction and shares their insight into an otherwise overwhelming world and lifts an incredible burden off your shoulders. That is what Ramona Roberts has done for me and my family. Having a special needs child is at times a daunting task. There are many concerns with what my daughter’s future will hold. Will she attend college? Will she be able to hold down a job? Will she have meaningful employment? Will she always live at home or are there other options?What classes at school can she take now that will keep her on the right track? These are just some of the questions that Ramona has been able to navigate for us, considering her immense understanding of what it takes to transition a special needs child. She has guided us on this journey where we would otherwise be lost. Ramona has sponsored events where keynote speakers have addressed additional concerns. At one meeting, an attorney talked about the difference in Guardianship and Power of Attorney, shedding light on this complex topic. On another occasion, representatives from the Social Security Administration, Department of Rehabilitation Services, and OKDHS, (Developmental Disabilities Service) held breakout sessions. Ramona also hosted representatives from Bridges, Goodwill, and A New Leaf. I love her unrelenting drive to keep parents fully informed. But her love for special needs kids goes even deeper. One of her aspirations is to be able to instruct teachers in other schools on how to transition these kids into the workplace.

Mona Lowe

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