Wilmington, NC, March 13, 2019
At 76 years old Marjorie, who is living with autism, continues to grow by learning new skills from Latisha Meekins, her Individual and Community Services Paraprofessional at Easterseals UCP.
For more than four years, Latisha has been working on daily living skills with Marjorie five days a week. Her goals include learning to budget money, expanding her meals to include healthier choices, learning her phone number, and understanding the emergency response system in the case of falls. Latisha said, “When we go out in the community people think we are mother and daughter. I let them think that because this makes working with Marjorie more fun.”
Marjorie lives on her own in an apartment, has learned some cooking skills, and does her own laundry. “Every day I work with Marjorie to write her name, address and phone number. She also works on calling her phone number which is an important skill to have.”
The Easterseals UCP Individual and Community Services Program helps adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities learn skills to live in their communities as independently as possible. In Marjorie’s case, she doesn’t have family and relies on the team at Easterseals UCP. During Hurricane Florence, it was important to Marjorie to stay at her home rather than evacuating. To help ease the challenges of the hurricane, Easterseals UCP staff assisted her before, during and after the disaster.
“I’m learning through Marjorie. She is 76 years old and is living with autism and nothing has held Marjorie back. She makes me proud,” said Latisha.
Get more information about Individual and Community Services.ABOUT EASTERSEALS UCPEasterseals UCP provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.
For more information contact:Kathy EdgertonChief Communications OfficerKathy.Edgerton@eastersealsucp.com(O) 919-865-8660(C) 919-208-0621
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