I have a new communication partner at home. It’s the first time I have had someone new and consistent in a few years. I worked with new people more often before the pandemic. I think one of the biggest impacts of the pandemic for disabled people was lack of comfort with staff coming into homes. I was feeling very stagnant with my home programming, so it has been refreshing to mix things up.
Non-academic activities can be hard for me because they are less structured and I don’t always see the benefits. Academic work is easy for me to feel fulfilled by because there are clear end goals and deadlines. Fun activities don’t have a clear objective, so I don’t always value them. My new communication partner shows me how to have fun and teaches me that sometimes fun is my clear objective for the day. I don’t always have to be working on a school or therapy goal. I’m so fortunate to have him.