First and foremost, thank you to those that sponsor and hold such events, they bring great awareness to a Forgotten community. But where does the money go? One of the largest fashion shows organized and held in the US was started by the a Denver based foundation, it costs $250.00 (at least) to attend and the money raised . . . goes to research. And what are they researching, “why women abort” and “how do scientists and pharmaceutical companies develop a magic pill that will make our kids . . . Normal? Really.
There are literally thousands of People in the US that live below the poverty level and could use funds and services for Daily Programs and Care. How about some attention to those that have “aged out” of high school and can’t get in to a County funded Day Program because there is a “wait List”.
Kyle and Hunter for example went on the “wait list” at age 14, at the time the wait was 7 years; they are now almost 20 years old and the wait is still 7 years.
Terms like “forgotten” and “life in the margin” loom over families when parents have to quit their jobs so they can stay home and take care of their adult children and the state benefits from it because we can do it for less than what they fund facilities and care givers for those not on the wait list.
Let’s hold a dance and a fashion show and think about this for a minute. Maybe we can smoke some recreational or medicinal pot and hallucinate an answer.
Oh and some of the research is being done on the relationship of the 21st chromosome to Alzheimers, worthy as this is a terrible disease, another group of people that are forgotten while families sit at home, jobless, alone, watching their loved ones die . . . . what a wonderful life, let’s all dress up and dance.