Gary Ablett Jr’s Wife Jordan Launches Forum for Parents of Special Needs Children

Jordan Ablett announced the launch of her new project, a forum for parents with children with special needs, titled House of Hope, in an Instagram post on Sunday.

The wife of former Australian footballer Gary Ablett Jr., said she hopes to “bridge the gap that can inadvertently arise between those with children with special needs and those without.”

Jordan, who previously revealed that their two-year-old son Levi had a degenerative disease, added that the space is also welcome for parents without children with special needs to ask questions and be better informed.

Announcement: Gary Ablett Jr.’s wife Jordan Ablett has launched a forum for parents with special needs children entitled House of Hope – after revealing that their two-year-old son Levi has been diagnosed with a degenerative disease (all pictured)

In addition to an image of herself cradling son Levi, Jordan told her Instagram followers about House of Hope’s mission.

House of Hope is for special needs parents – with the unique daily challenges we face as we raise our little treasures – to connect and relate, encourage and be encouraged, equip and empower, ‘ she began.

Jordan said it is also a place for parents without children with special needs “to ask, learn and better understand those who know special needs well.”

Mission: In addition to a picture of herself cradling son Levi, Jordan told her Instagram followers about House of Hope's mission.  Jordan said she hopes to

Mission: In addition to a picture of herself cradling son Levi, Jordan told her Instagram followers about House of Hope’s mission. Jordan said she hopes to “bridge the gap that can inadvertently arise between those with children with special needs and those without.”

“A safe and respectful space to seek answers and insights to questions you don’t know how to ask, or should be,” she continued.

“Ultimately, and with your help, I would like to bridge the gap that can inadvertently arise between people with special needs children and those without, when we don’t know how to talk or talk.”

Jordan closed by saying she looks forward to sharing stories from “inspiring parents” in the coming weeks.

Inclusion: Jordan added that the space is also welcome for parents without children with special needs to ask questions and be better informed

Inclusion: Jordan added that the space is also welcome for parents without children with special needs to ask questions and be better informed

Heartbreaking: In an interview with podcast The Significant Others in March, Jordan revealed that Levi's degenerative disease has a short life expectancy

Heartbreaking: In an interview with podcast The Significant Others in March, Jordan revealed that Levi’s degenerative disease has a short life expectancy

In an interview with podcast The Significant Others Other in March, Jordan heartbreakingly revealed that Levi’s degenerative disease comes with a short life expectancy.

She said it took Levi a long time to be diagnosed with the unspecified illness, and spoke of the devastation she and Gary felt after learning the condition was “life-threatening.”

“I just remember being in that meeting with Gaz and when they said it, I remember I absolutely collapsed,” she said.

“There is a very short life expectancy, which is why I constantly tell people when they ask about Levi that we literally take it day by day because we have no idea what the future holds,” she continued.

Challenges: Jordan said it took a long time to get Levi's unspecified illness diagnosed, and talked about the devastation she and Gary felt after learning the condition was

Challenges: Jordan said it took a long time to get Levi’s unspecified illness diagnosed, and talked about the devastation she and Gary felt after learning the condition was “life-threatening”

After seeing a series of pediatricians, Jordan said it was the Geelong Football Club’s team doctor who eventually put them in touch with the right person.

She said this new pediatrician “got the ball rolling,” and after months of worrying, the couple, who married in 2016, finally had some answers.

Jordan said she and Gary were first concerned after noticing Levi wasn’t hitting the same milestones as other kids his age.

They decided to make the little boy’s condition public because they didn’t want to lie when people asked about their son.

Lengthy process: After seeing a series of pediatricians, Jordan said it was the Geelong Football Club team doctor who eventually put them in touch with the right person.  The couple, who married in 2016, finally had some answers

Lengthy process: After seeing a series of pediatricians, Jordan said it was the Geelong Football Club team doctor who eventually put them in touch with the right person. The couple, who married in 2016, finally had some answers

“People just said things like, ‘Levi needs to run around now.’ Comments like that are so nice to receive, but when you’re on the receiving end and you know everything that’s happening, it’s awkward,” she confessed.

“We don’t want to lie and say, ‘Yeah, he’s running around,’ because he wasn’t running.”

Jordan said Levi’s condition has only made the family more aware of how precious every moment they have together is.

Heartbreaking: Jordan and Gary decided to make the little boy's condition public because they didn't want to lie when people asked about their son

Heartbreaking: Jordan and Gary decided to make the little boy’s condition public because they didn’t want to lie when people asked about their son

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