Attaining independence in Pearl River County

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, February 16, 2016

When a person is born with intellectual and development disabilities, their future can often be uncertain.
During their childhood, parents see to their daily needs and activities.
However, parents must always ask themselves, “What happens when I’m not here or able to take care of them?”
The answer can be found at a facility like Bridgeway Apartments in Picayune. But it’s not the only facility of its type in Pearl River County. There’s also Millbrook and Brandi’s Hope.
Saturday, the Item reported on Bridgeway’s recent designation as a Community of Quality.
The facility provides round-the-clock supervised living and supported employment services.
This gives individuals with disabilities the chance to live independently.
Residents have jobs, make their own money, pay their bills and take care of their apartments, just like everyone else.
Bridgeway also sponsors activities for the residents, which provide them with entertainment and social interactions.
The Arc of Pearl River County also hosts events for residents and every year, Donna Perkins stages a pageant.
This year, the Picayune Youth Athletic Association announced the creation of Buddy Ball, a program which pairs children and adults with disabilities with a partner so they can participate in baseball and softball games.
There are many great options in Pearl River County for families with intellectually and developmentally disabled adults.
We have met many of these individuals living in these facilities and they are some of the most caring and genuinely happy people we have ever met.
The Item is proud of the efforts made by the people who provide these residents a safe and independent lifestyle.

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