Monday, January 23, 2012

Quest, Inc.

One of the most difficult things about having a child with special needs is thinking about his or her future.  For us it is extremely difficult and as we try and live in the present as much as possible we do have to consider the possibility of what Finn's future may be so we may plan accordingly.  Will Finn have a job, a girlfriend, will Finn ever drive or live on his own?  These are real questions for us and they are difficult.  We have to plan financially and emotionally. 

A girlfriend of mine introduced me to an organization called Quest.  It is not Quest Diagnostics, but rather a non-profit organization headquartered in Orlando. 

Quest inspires and empowers Central Floridians with disabilities by offering choices and opportunities to learn, live, work and play. Through Quest’s comprehensive family of services, children and adults imagine and achieve their full capabilities.
Many organizations help children with special needs but it seems not quite as many help adults with special needs.  One question we have is what will happen to Finn after we are gone if he cannot live on his own?  It used to be that adults with special needs would be placed in institutions.  Quest offers homes as in real homes for just about any degree of disability. 

In addition, Quest assists in job training and placement.

QuestKids specializes in helping children with autism, pervasive development disorder and other learning and behavior concerns with individualized one-on-one programs using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  To learn more about QuestKids please check out its website:

Quest also has two schools - one in Tampa (Hillsborough County) and one in Orlando. 

FACE - the Florida Autism Center of Excellence is a Charter school and it is free.  You must provide the transportation.  For more information on FACE please check out its website at

To learn more about Quest or to donate please go to

1 comment:

  1. I am SO glad you are blogging now because I am getting so much information form you :) This is crazy, I didn't know anything about Quest. I too have had all the same questions about Kaleb and when he gets older and what about when we are gone? My friends and family just tell me that he will be fine and that is not the answer I am looking for. I know he is going to need help, maybe not to what degree but that is something that I have to prepare myself for. Thank you so much for writing about this!