Start Here, Get There: A Five Point Action Plan to Calm Chaos, Avoid Burnout and Stay Focused for the Long Haul.
Helping your child make the transition to adult living is like entering a foreign country where all the signposts are unfamiliar, the customs are strange, and you don’t speak the language. Break through confusion with Get There Project director Wendy Besmann, author of the step-by-step guides Family Road Map and Young Adult Road Map. Besmann will share the story of helping her son David, who has autism and bipolar disorder, make the transition to independent but supported adulthood. She will outline a five-step Guiding Star method that breaks down big, messy problems into tasks you can handle. Get ready to relax, take a breath, and learn simple, practical strategies that can make your journey easier.
Wendy Besmann is Director of Get There Project, a training partnership between family-focused non-profit organization Team Up for Families and educational publisher Family Road Map Institute. She is the author of Family Road Map: A Step-By-Step Guide to Navigating Health, Education, and Insurance Systems for Families with Special Needs, and Young Adult Road Map: A Step-By-Step Guide to Navigating, Wellness, Independent Living, and Transition Systems for People in Their Teens and Twenties. This is her third career. She began as a magazine travel writer and then wrote a local history book for UT Press. In the process raising two children with special needs, she taught parenting classes and later worked as the training coordinator for K-Town Youth Empowerment Network, a Knox County initiative to provide wraparound services to transition-age youth and families with mental illness and other complex needs. Her Road Map guides and curricula are now in use from Maine to Guam, and more than 1000 family caregivers in eight states have completed a Road Map workshop. Another fun fact: As a mother and a parent advocate, she has attended more than 100 IEP meetings.