My oldest son is autistic and so the level of independence he will achieve in life is up in the air. We have a special bond, a bond I don't share with my youngest son (who I love just as much I promise :)). I can read him like a book, which is a good thing because most of the time he's not going to tell me what he's thinking. This relationship is so special to me, it's painful to think that my biggest dream for him (independence) would also mean the end of the almost blind faith he has in me. It is definitely a tradeoff I hope to make someday, even though it will break my heart. That was the inspiration for the my dream/my fear layout I made with this month's Independence kit from Scrapbooking From the Inside Out.
There is also an Independence giveaway on Donna Downey's blog so be sure to check that out.