Mac’s wonderful aide of 15 months ‘R’ wasn’t able to return to the role this year. Sadly reduced hours & lack of job security for her just couldn’t meet her needs to support her own family. That’s the downside for ‘Learning Support Officers’ – jobs they love, jobs they are great at, but jobs that just aren’t that secure.
Mac will miss ‘R’ incredibly as she will him. But, he has told us he will “work hard for anyone”. When Shawn asked him if ‘R’ was in his class after Day 2 he actually gave a sad face – not something that happens very often. Physically that kind of facial expression is difficult for Mac, so it was impressive to see him manage it when he actually felt the emotion Shawn’s question evoked. That being said, Mac is nothing if not resilient – so I think he will be OK.
The upside is that R will likely stay involved in Mac’s life ‘outside of school’. She has made that very important transition from paid support to friend. This is an important shift – natural supports are far more valuable than any paid support… ever.
A goal is for Mac is to see his life filled with people who “CARE to CARE” as opposed to those “PAID to CARE”.
Thank you ‘R’ for sharing the most amazing year and a bit with us – what a blast…. and absolutely, we’ll see you ’round.