The Shuberts adopted Will in 2018 after he spent a year with them as foster parents and with another foster family in Grand Junction. The same Early Intervention Teacher of the Visually Impaired from A Shared Vision has been their provider throughout these transitions. Since he was four months old, “she’s been Will’s constant. Not only to support him, but also to support me,” explains Shannan, Will’s mom.
Will has many complex needs, including vision loss due to cortical visual impairment. “He’s been blowing the doctors’ predictions out of the water. The love that Will gets from us and his team, that’s the best medicine there is,” says Shannan.
Now three years old, Will is getting ready for another transition – preschool! He will be attending Fletcher Miller School for children with special needs. To prepare Will for these next steps, the Shuberts take him everywhere they go – church, baseball games, even camping. Except for making adaptations to improve his mobility and give him access to everyday routines, they treat him like a typical child. “He’s just a three- year-old boy with different ways of learning,” says Shannan. “He’s an inspiration for us all.”