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Brian Brooks Appointed to Willows Way Board of Directors

Willows Way, an organization based in St. Charles, MO that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has appointed Brian Brooks, 41, of Town and Country, MO to its Board of Directors.

Brooks, who has an 18-year-old son with autism, says he plans to use his experiences raising a child with a severe developmental disability to help others within the Willows Way organization.

"This is a new experience for me and a new way to help out and reach others through my experiences, in a positive way," said Brooks. "Hopefully the things that I learned through raising my son will help make life easier for other people in similar situations."

Brooks, who works as Director of Demand Planning at Nortek, says one of his main goals on the Willows Way Board of Directors will be encouraging parents and family members of individuals with developmental disabilities to seek out and accept support from organizations such as Willows Way. 

"I want people to realize that it's okay to receive help; you don't have to do this all on your own," he said. "Getting and accepting help to care for a person with a developmental disability is a positive move for everyone involved."

About Willows Way

Willows Way promotes independence and personal growth for people with intellectual and physical challenges through a variety of social-service programs. These include: Realities, which provides up to 8 hours of individualized services per week; Individualized Supported Living, which provides up to 24-hour-a-day support to allow individuals to live independently based on their needs and goals; RISE - Reaching Independence Through Social Engagement, which offers participants daily structured activities designed to promote social networking, community involvement, volunteerism and physical activities; and Project HEART, which provides stimulating, person-centered health education classes, skills training and resource information to people with developmental disabilities. For more information about Willows Way, visit willowsway.org or call 636-947-6591.

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