Entering Adulthood

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Driver Assessment and Training Services

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Driver Assessment and Training service is a state-licensed driving school that helps individuals with a variety of disabilities, injuries, and age-related impairments discover and reach their driving potential. This unique program has been a leader in driver assessment and training services for these populations for over thirty five years and has long provided specialized assistance to both new and experienced drivers Read more.

Roots, Wings and Guardianship

Helping our children to feel both grounded and independent is a fundamental tenet of parenting. So we give them roots and wings by imparting skills and values. We harp on them to buckle their seatbelts, eat their veggies, and treat others with respect. After we’ve counseled them on how to do their homework and manage money and relationships, we guide them toward a college or a career path. All with the expectation that when they reach adulthood, we can step away as they launch their independent lives. Except when they have special needs. Read more.

Opening Doors In Washington County

Midwest Special Services, Inc. (MSS) announces the opening of a new Day Training & Habilitation program in Oakdale. Read more.

Tony Stories – Humorous Reflections of a Parent Raising a Son with Autism

I’m so happy as I’m sitting at the graduation ceremony, but then I make the mistake of looking over at my dad and he’s getting teary eyed. I know he’s thinking that my mom should be here for this moment, but she passed away three years earlier. Nobody loved a good Tony story more than my mom. That’s when I lose it and the tears start to come and I cry and cry through the whole ceremony. Of course, we are sitting in the second row, so the faculty is sitting directly in front of us. The principal, the superintendent, the teachers are all there. I smile at them as the tears continue to stream down my face, slightly embarrassed, but I try to make the best of it. Even my daughter Tara, who is 15 and at the age where she thinks her mom is a total dork, tries to comfort me. She puts her arm around me and smiles. Tony is graduating today and we’re here to celebrate this wonderful boy. Read more.