Turning Fire Drills into a Game

Every year 2400 fires occur in homes where a person with a physical or mental disability lives. Fire drills at home are probably even more important than school fire drills for families who have a member with a disability, as there may be fewer people to assist with evacuation and homes are less likely to be fully accessible and may have fewer exits than public buildings. On top of that, at least half our time at home is during sleep hours, when no one will be thinking clearly if a fire wakes them out of a slumber. The US Fire Administration has more information and safety tips here Fire Administration

At least one company has set out to help families teach their children with special needs how to safely get out of their house in the case of a fire. Fire Guide has developed an app that lets you guide your child with your own voice, and then give feedback and refine the instructions specifically for your own home and your own child’s abilities.

Planning and drills can mean the difference between safety and tragedy. Turn fire drills into play time and give your family a better chance in case of fire.

Parker Counsel Legal Services consults with special needs families in Austin Texas, Dallas Texas, Western Mass, the New Hampshire Seacoast, and Northern New Jersey. Special needs trusts, guardianship, and more. Give us a call and tell us about your family situation for some guidance on how best to plan a safe, secure future for your child. 833-RED-BOOT (833-733-2668)

Be prepared for the inevitable

No one likes to think about it, but special needs parents REALLY don’t like to think about it. Someday, something will happen and you will not be around.

Maybe it will be temporary – a burst appendix that lands you in the hospital for a few days, or maybe a weather “event” that strands you in another city city for a while. Or maybe it will be the real deal, the accident or illness that moves you out of this life and on to whatever is next. Either way, there will come a time when you will not be able to take care of your child.

What then? Are you ready?

We are launching a special workshop on January 20, 2020, designed to walk you through preparing a transition manual to be used by future caregivers for your child. We don’t want you to think about it. We want you to do it. So if you’ve been meaning to sit down and gather all your child’s medical and care information, your instructions and your guidances, but you still haven’t found the time, then this workshop is for you. And to make sure you have all the motivation we can provide, you even get part of your registration fee back in the form of a gift card if you actually finish the workshop and have a working transition manual.