Single parents dating kids with disabilities
You can watch her TEDx Philadelphia Talk, "The Power of Deliberate Listening," at: https://youtu.be/A343tl P5i UA It’s a December weeknight at the Wells Fargo Center, where the Flyers are clobbering the Buffalo Sabres, the rock music is pounding through the PA, and this garish, pizza-scented, freezing-cold arena has become Josh Silverman’s place of grace. And sweet season-ticket holders like Nikki Hess who think about Josh between games: She recently sent him a video from her Disneyland vacation because she knows how much he loves Mickey Mouse.For the fourth year in a row, Josh, 34, who is intellectually and developmentally disabled, has not missed a single Flyers home game. But the action on the ice is only part of the game experience that makes him happy before, during and after those three periods of play. “I don’t think Josh has ever had a bad day in his life,” says Jason Tempesta, the Flyers’ senior manager for community relations.Public outings take on new stress as strangers point, frown, and sometimes even ask, “What’s wrong with your kid?
“We suffer from either being invisible or all too visible – the subject of long, long looks that are just short of stares.
And he can grab your arm and not let go, while making insistent noises about something that’s obvious only to him. From the moment Josh and his dad, David, enter the arena at p.m. game until the moment they cross the parking lot for the ride home to Marlton, Josh is treated with deference and love. ” says a burly guard, high-fiving him at the entrance for season ticket-holders. They spoke with pride about their disabled loved ones, but also about how lonely it can be to care for them, especially as they age.