By Jonathan Kendrick, Digital Technology Partners Owner/CEO
My son Elijah John Kendrick was born October 16, 2005, just 3 months after I started Digital Technology Partners. It was a rough pregnancy for my wife and I, as Elijah was born with a heart defect and Down Syndrome. The next year was spent being more of a nurse than a parent, feeding tubes, medications, and two heart surgeries for Eli. Our lives would never be the same.
Elijah is non-verbal, and has grown up with sensory processing, sleep disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and behavior issues. When Elijah was 8, he was diagnosed with Autism. It didn’t really shock us, but it was still devastating. To date, there have been a mass amount of resources that have helped Elijah and our family cope and deal with the struggles he has had to face. He is doing so well, and has come so far. I can’t say how proud I am of him. He has a wonderful personality outside of these challenges, and continues to get better every day.
Elijah and individuals like him have a lot of resources available to them until they age out of public school at the age of 21 years old. After 21, there are few programs available for the growing number of Adults with special needs. I want to do something about it!