I know many of you already know what 'The Dream' is, and over the next couple of weeks, we can finally spill (most of) the beans.
A quick recap for those who have forgotten:
The Dream is basically an idea that has evolved over time as a solution to when Ryley finishes school.
My worry has always been that as soon as he turns 18 years old he will have nothing to do.
Sure, we have 2 options here.
One is a day program type environment.
The other is like a sheltered workshop type environment.
Neither of which I feel will necessarily suit Ryley.
Of course things may change in 8 years time.
But for us, we really felt we needed to create a future for Ryley, instead of just waiting to see what he might be able to do.
I actually have very little faith in the system at the moment too.
I have been discouraged recently at the way I have seen supposed carers treat the people they are caring for
(eg. Not changing someone's nappy for the whole day is just not friggin' on ok?).
I don't want Ryley to be subjected to abuse or neglect within a system that I will be allocated money to pay for.
I refuse to accept that because there are only two options, I have to take them.
So, The Dream has developed and evolved and is now starting to become a reality.
Our plan is to buy a house, a bit of land and slowly turn it into a successful Farmstay Accomodation business. The plan is to make it fully accessible for all abilities (in fact families with children/adults with disabilities will be surprised to see the facilities we will have that will cater for their needs!)
It will be a working farm.
We will produce our own vegetables and fruit and be as self-sufficient as possible.
Ryley will be employed by us, with a paid Carer to help him with his work.
It all sounds a bit utopic doesn't it?
Don't worry, there are plenty of people that don't think we could possibly do this.
Except we can.
And we will.
We sign contracts on Monday for the property that is absolutely perfect for The Dream.
As soon as it is all settled I will take you on a virtual tour.