If we would not want a specific policy, practice, or program applied to our children or our parents, why would we want it for any other child or adult, especially those who are most vulnerable? Intentional neighboring cultivates new dimensions of care, enhancing the natural web of respect, trust, belonging, and encouragement provided by family and friends.
I no longer ask, “What can we do to make a positive difference in the lives of those we perceive to be needier than we are?”
I now ask, “How can we enrich each others’ lives and in so doing, make people’s lives have real significance?
OSPREY Village (Our Special People Reaching Out to Elders and Youth) is developing an intergenerational community for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregiving families so that persons with disabilities can live a beneficial and meaningful life, their families can be assured they will be cared for, and their caregivers can age well in community.
2001. Karnik, N. S. Children and Youth Services Review, 23 (9/10), 761-780.