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Who Will Look After My Sons When I am Gone, an article by Kenny Elvin – Father of our Ambassador Macauley Owen

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Owen age 22 who goes weekly to a training centre for young adults with special needs and twice a week on a work placement to a nearby farm/ learning Centre. It has been a struggle to get funding and support for travel and placements for Owen, fighting the system and the benefits assessors.

I hear the horror stories on social media about adults with learning disabilities being taken advantage of, bullied or mistreated. It makes me sick with worry as its consistently on my mind what will happen to both of them when my wife michelle and myself are no longer here.

It keeps me awake in the early hours, imagining scenarios and situations we will not be able to help them with. I also worry about when either I or my Wife Michelle will be on our own.

Our boys need extra support and guidance from us both but there are things that we guide them with individually as we both have our different roles as Dad and Mum. As we get older then so do our relatives also so who can I trust to be healthy and able enough to take over our roles.
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Will they meet a nice partner and settle down as I have?

Will they be one half of a loyal loving and supportive couple and be able to work as a team in the partnership?

What about children? Will they cope with the challenges of becoming a parent?

Where we they live and how will they cope with running a house, paying bills, raising children.

As our sons become older you think life would become easier, but the boys feel more frustrated, and they are finding life and emotions more intense.

Who knows what lays ahead for them especially in a strange world with a global pandemic.

Lack of jobs and support available what will become of them, I can only do so much for them while I am here, there is the chats with Macauley talking for hours about being more independent more self-aware, who to trust, where to go if you need help, how do you teach that?

All I can do is pass on what I have learnt over the 40+ years I have been here, hoping they will listen, and I can steer them down the right path.

With all that said, after being told 1 month after we got married it was highly unlikely, we would have children due to my Wife’s medical problems.

We certainly proved the Consultants/Surgeons wrong and have been blessed with two beautiful, loving, kind and precious Sons.

 
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