#50 - Scott says a lot without saying a word. And what he says is the love he has for his friends, his dog Sasha and his life with his mother Bonnie. A nurse herself, Bonnie knew immediately that Scott would face lifelong challenges, but she still wasn’t prepared for her doctor’s recommendation that she place Scott in an institution. Instead, she contacted Noble/The Arc of Greater Indianapolis. This began a journey that continues today.
Having supports for Scott that she trusted and he enjoyed made all the difference. Scott was able to live at home, and Bonnie was able to pursue a career. Bonnie retired at age 84 and now at 91 says, “I want people to look at Scott and those like him as assets to the community. They offer us all so very much, and we must recognize that.” If Bonnie had placed Scott in an institution, their lives would have been drastically different, and his care would have cost the state nearly $5 million. More important, he would have missed out on living a full life, and all those who know him would have lost out on what they have learned from him.
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