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OPTIONS IN LIFE was established to provide advocacy and support and information, to promote education, training, healthy living, personal and life-skills development for individuals and supporters of those who have complex additional needs.
Our founders were drawn together by collective experiences as parents and carers of young adults who have a variety of conditions crossing the spectrum of Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, and other disabilities with complex additional needs, when we discovered that opportunities available for young adults with complex additional needs drastically decline after they finish full-time education. We also realised that, in our roles as parents and carers, we had all, at some point, missed out on vital pieces of information.
Without exception, there was a period when each of us either denied or certainly doubted that our children fitted any of the above classifications. Like almost every parent, carer or guardian we hoped that our child’s condition would somehow be explained, resolved, or disappear, either over time or when the right diagnosis and treatment was applied.
Our objectives would never deter any parent, carer or guardian for holding on to such hopes. We simply recognise that, on the path to whatever final conclusion they reach, we don’t want others to experience the isolation we individually felt.
In establishing OPTIONS In LIFE we recognised we were going to have to advocate for our children for the rest of our lives. We also realised that there is no organisation established to, and able to, represent and advocate for all categories of disability. Options In Life has been created to respond to that gap, to support parents, carers and our peer organisations in what we recognise as a lifetime of advocacy.