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Parent Stories

An Independent Life

Like all parents, Birdie and DeWayne Herrs had expectations for their daughter that she would grow up, move out and establish a life of her own. When Lizzie was diagnosed with significant health problems and intellectual disabilities, the couple remained steadfast in the hope that Lizzie would have an indepedent life. After an unsuccessful visit to one service provider, hope diminished. Then, the phone rang. A group of parents were starting a new agency. Bertie says she recalls that phone call, which turned out to be the introduction to Disability Supports, “was an answer to prayer.”

“Disability Supports has given Lizzie the opportunity to be the person she is. It’s everything we wanted it to be. — Birdie Herrs, Lizzie’s mother