The Soares Family

Jamie joined KDC at the early age of one and a half years old; using a walker and not being able to walk without assistance. His mother, Tracy, describes Jamie as a child who often struggled to make friends and express his feelings with others.

23 years later, Jamie is supported at KDC’s Day Hab Program in New Bedford, where he is walking unassisted, communicating with his peers and forming relationships with his now friends.

“He has friends, for the first time in his life,” said Tracy. “We call them the three J’s- Jamie, Josh and John. He begs to come here each day. As a mother, that is the most amazing feeling- my son is genuinely happy, every single day.”

Tracy has felt happy about her decision to enroll Jamie at KDC from the very beginning. Jamie started in KDC’s Early Intervention Program, and then transitioned to KDC’s Special Education School at the age of three, where he was until last year.

“When he graduated from KDC’s School, I knew I wasn’t moving him away from KDC,” said Tracy. “I have no trust leaving him with anyone else. I have trusted KDC since day one and they have not let me down, not once in over twenty years. KDC is his family, they are extended family to us.”

The future is looking bright for Tracy’s son. She describes his future as being filled with endless possibilities.

“He amazes me every day, said Tracy. “They are always changing the curriculum here, and doing different things with the individuals and I see the results of that at home. I am so proud of all Jamie has accomplished while at KDC.”