When Kristi Komon’s son started experiencing seizures at the age of 8, it changed her family’s life entirely.
David Cooper, now 29, was diagnosed with epilepsy, a neurological disorder characterized by unpredictable seizures and other health problems. Immediately, Kristi faced a whole new world filled with medical tests, new medications and dietary restrictions for David.
“Life isn’t easy any way, but then you add a disability,” Kristi said. ” You just can’t help but feel alone.”
Kristi ended up taking her children out of public schools; homeschooling gave her peace of mind knowing she was providing all the care and support her children needed.
Although she had the support of her husband and her faith to guide her through life with a disability, Kristi now realizes how many other resources she was missing out on.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t find that support until later,” she said.
That is why she is encouraging everyone to attend ADEC’s Resource + Transition Fair, set for 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 9 at Goshen College’s Music Center.
The event is free and open to the public. More than two dozen organizations offering resources for families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be represented at the fair.