The Step Up

Discovered this profile piece in the August, 2014 issue of CPA Magazine, reflecting a particular approach to family challenges adopted by Ted Leider, CGA, CPA:

How I Find Balance

Our son was born 18 years ago and he was diagnosed with a serious heart defect. He had open heart surgery at 2 1/2 and, while he was recovering, it was determined that he was quite severely autistic. I wanted to stay home with him, so I quit my practice and my wife, Diana, who’s also an accountant, continued working. When I started looking for services for my son, the schools didn’t want him. I found four other fathers of kids in similar situations; we pooled our resources and skills and opened our own not-for-profit therapy centre called the Shining Through Centre: Educating Children with Autism…

I slowly started getting back into accounting, but not full time, because I still needed to be home with my son–I drop him off at school, pick him up and continue to be involved in his programming…

…my wife and I balance our family life and enjoy everything life has to offer is by bringing our son along everywhere we can–on the subway, shopping, swimming, skiing. When he’s skiing (attached to harnesses and tethers because he can’t ski alone), he laughs and sings as he goes down the hills–and that’s the best feeling in the world.

Reminded me of the initiatives of Barb Perkins, mother of Becky. How some exaggerated sense of parental entitlement, in relation to challenged children or otherwise, can cause blindness to the opportunities of parent-created futures. Created an after-school positive for one of my daughters, over seven years, but did not have the initiative or foresight of Ted Leider or Barb Perkins, in terms of creating something more permanent.

Those who step up, and create what wasn’t there before, for the benefit of many. The organizers most of us aren’t. Pivotal to self-reliance, and general social benefit.

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