Photography by Anna Gamble Photography
We'd like to introduce you to one of our first recipients of a SOARD dream makeover in 2017. Shawn is a handsome and maturing nineteen year old young man who will soon be graduating high school. This vibrant teen enjoys bowling, biking, walking and riding the school bus. He also loves watching movies, his iPad, camps and socializing.
Shawn is developmentally disabled due to microcephaly, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. He is nonverbal and requires assistance with most activities of daily living including bathing, toileting, dressing and hygiene. As he grows and becomes a young adult, his needs will change significantly. He will remain in special education programs through age 21 at which time he will graduate and spend a great deal of time at home. Although he will be enrolled in a day program, he will need a unique space of his own where he can continue to thrive, mature and reach his ultimate potential. Sunshine on a Ranney Day will be designing a specialized space that reflects his interests complete with a renovated bedroom and a therapy suite. We hope you will join us as we bring this project to fruition and bring smiles to Shawn's face! The importance of developing your individuality as an adult is a crucial part of maturation and having your own space is a cherished rite of passage we hope Shawn truly enjoys!
Who wouldn't love to have a school bus in their room? Shawn's love of school buses shows in these pictures! Not only was this just a cool school bus, but Shawn could also climb in the driver's seat interact with a steering wheel, controls and open and close the bus door! Sunshine also provided Shawn with a nice calm space for sleeping. This gave Shawn's parents the piece of mind that Shawn will have a great interactive space once he graduates High School where he can continue to thrive! Welcome to the SOARD family Shawn!