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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: ONE SKY COMMUNITY SERVICES MARKS 35TH ANNIVERSARY WITH BENEFIT NOV. 8

For more than 35 years, One Sky Community Services has been dedicated to the notion that every individual has the potential – and the right – to live a rich and fulfilling life and make an important contribution to the community in which they live.

When it opened its doors in 1983, the Portsmouth-based agency was assisting inmates from Laconia State School in the transition from life in an institution to life in the communities where they were born. Though its mission has changed since Laconia closed its doors decades ago, the focus for One Sky has remained the same: assist individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders in fulfilling their potential and contributing to their communities.

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: REBECCA’S JOURNEY HOME FROM PANDAS

Jacky Sullivan could only watch through the window in a locked door as her teenaged daughter, Becky, was led away until she disappeared down a long corridor. It was a point that had been reached after much hardship and pain, but before anyone realized that Becky’s violent attacks against herself and against her mother were cries that needed medical attention, not psychiatric treatment.

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: A SHARED FAMILY JOURNEY

As summer keeps its steamy pace, the Lang family calendar unfolds a lot like that of many Seacoast families: a visit to the Isles of Shoals, Water Country, camping, birthday parties, and cook-outs with family and friends. It’s a fun but hectic season, with dance classes for Rylee and horseback-riding for her big sister, Sydnee, to squeeze into a busy schedule.

For 8-year old Sydnee, the pace can become overwhelming sometimes, but the family gathers around her. She was diagnosed with dyspraxia when she was 3 years old and since she was profiled here last August, it has been a year of gains and new challenges. Both for Sydnee and for her family.

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: KUCHTEY FAMILY GIVES BACK TO ONE SKY SERVICES

Like a lot of parents who provide a home and care for an adult child with a disability, Walter Kuchtey has begun to wonder if he and his wife, Becky, will be able to keep up the caregiving pace when they get older. Their 31-year old son, Matt, is blind and has cerebral palsy and while they receive support services through One Sky’s self-directed program, keeping Matt active and tending to his needs is a perpetual mission.

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: HOME AT LAST

Given his defiant struggle with schizophrenia and his history of homelessness and institutionalization, most people in Frank Caswell’s position are deeply embedded in the human services system for needed supports. Caswell, who is also blind and makes use of a wheelchair, has Robin Carlson.

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TICKED OFF: MOTHER’S SEARCH FOR REASONS FOR BEHAVIOR CHANGE LEADS TO LYME DISEASE

The 25-year old woman in Kim Gobbi’s bathroom vaguely resembled her daughter, but the young woman was hitting herself in the face, punching her own stomach, and pulling her own hair.

“She got in my face and was yelling and I was just wondering, ‘who are you?'” Kim recalls. With behavior that was becoming increasingly aggressive and abusive, her daughter, Tracey, had become unrecognizable.

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE: THE MANY HANDS OF TOM OWENS

Tom Owens has tow hands that tend to ignore what he tells them to do. So the first time he was asked if he’d like to try painting, he looked down at his immobile hands and decline to try because he thought he couldn’t make them do the work. But Owns would come to learn that, as a painter, he wouldn’t need his hands. What he would need were the hands belonging to friend Jay Dochlier.

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MOTHER OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD RUNS TO HER ROLE OF RAISING AWARENESS

Karen and Patrick Lyons had no reason to expect anything other than routine when Karen gave birth to their second child in 2007. The pregnancy was normal and the delivery was unexceptional. By all appearances, Luke Lyons would be a typical infant headed for life with his parents and an older sister at home in Portsmouth. But shortly after he was born, a doctor examining Luke delivered a diagnosis of Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that presents a range of physical, cognitive and medical challenges. It was the moment when Karen realized “the second half of my life started.”

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