When Christopher initially came to Easterseals Southern California (ESSC), Community Support Coordinator Mayra R. of Coordinated Life Services, a Living Options service line, was able to help identify gaps in his previous service – he was not attending an appropriate day program, he needed better quality personal assistant services, and he needed a functional wheelchair because his wheelchair did not fit him correctly.
Mayra provided support by accessing valuable resources and coordinating the services provided by multiple agencies that became involved in Christopher's life. They also helped Christopher and his family identify a day program in Whittier, which he now greatly enjoys attending. His mother, Cecilia, works full-time and it has greatly eased her mind to know that he is in good hands. She said that the program has made Christopher feel part of a community and she sees a positive difference in her son every day he attends the program.
"To be able to help Christopher's mother grow as an advocate and help her realize that it's ok to ask for help even though she's the parent was incredibly gratifying," Mayra said. "She was doing all of it on her own, paying everything out-of-pocket rather than through his insurance, not knowing she could get assistance. I showed her the ropes and let her know that this is something their insurance could help with."
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