Conference focuses on affordable housing for people with disabilities

first_imgWhat happens to Michael when I die? What happens if I’m in a car accident?These are the questions Monica Meyer started asking herself years ago about her son Michael McCormick. He has autism and epilepsy. He can set up a VCR but can’t cook a meal or test water to make sure it’s not too hot.McCormick, 35, lives on the top floor of a home that’s been converted into two apartments with separate entrances. Meyer wants to see her son grow, have experiences and learn to live a life separate from Mom.“I’m not going to be here for the rest of his life,” she said.Meyer’s concerns and other issues around housing were the basis of a conference on affordable housing for people with disabilities held Monday at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver by Parents Empowered and Communities Enhanced, otherwise known as PEACE.“Whether your child has a developmental disability or not, we’re anxious about how their lives are going to turn out and what it’s going to be like for them when we’re not around anymore,” said keynote speaker George Braddock, president of Creative Housing Solutions and an expert on designing homes for people with disabilities. “When we have a child with a disability, the conversation is more pointed. And I think it causes us to be more thoughtful and more concerned about what’s going to happen.”Meyer was a panelist at Monday’s conference. She talked to attendees about planning far in advance for her son’s future. When he was 12, she started talking about housing with a group of people.last_img

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