The majority of the NCA Members are accustomed to traveling for business, eating on the road and staying in hotels. For the young adults of ScentsAbility this is a new experience; and one that takes training and practice. Change is very difficult for many of our Team Members, and eating in restaurants, sleeping in strange beds, being away from home can present many challenges. While the main purpose of the trip was business, we were able to take advantage of many teachable moments. Close attention had to be paid to everyone to make sure that they were handling all of the changes well, and to check to make sure they had proper clothing, healthy food choices and excellent hygiene. All of these experiences and lessons will help prepare our young adults for either independent or supported living in the future.
This is the hardest part of being a parent or guardian of someone with IDD – figuring out where and how they will live after you are gone. It is a national crisis and the numbers of young adults with IDD that are in need of proper housing is staggering. We are so grateful to all the members of the NCA that support our membership and sponsor our team to attend the annual conventions as we strive to provide not only employment; but a life for our young adults.