Navigating Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS)

by AKALAKA member Mary Landis Gaston

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One of our goals here at AKALAKA is to help sibling caregivers of artists, musicians, athletes, academics, entrepreneurs (AKA “individuals”) living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) understand the complexities of disability services. If you become an AKALAKA member and participate in our introductory class, you will receive detailed lessons... [Read More]

No Longer Alone

by AKALAKA member Mary Landis Gaston

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I have often felt a void between myself and my peers. As a caregiver for my profoundly disabled brother, James, I spent many nights in high school awake and comforting him after a seizure. My daily life, which consisted of switching between homework and G-tube feedings, was not something my... [Read More]

What is "I/DD"?

by AKALAKA member Mary Landis Gaston

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AKALAKA and its blog, Taking Care of Siblings, are here to support siblings of individuals with I/DD. What exactly does I/DD mean, and where does the term originate? We hope that we can answer these questions for you today, or help you learn more if you are already familiar with... [Read More]