Provide support for several programs designed to help children with Autism.
Our son is a 16 year old Sophomore in high school. At the age of 6 he was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. He's a great kid, growing into a fine young man. He has goals and dreams just like any other teen, and has unique interests. He does well in school, and has a group of friends that he socializes with. He's always been my hero because he does his best every day, and faces some challenges in areas that the rest of us or kids his age take for granted. In the last year he has become frustrated with having Autism and doesn't understand why he was born with this condition. Socially, he actually is much braver than I was at his age. He went to the Snow Days dance at his school by himself, meeting some friends there. When I picked him up he told me that he a great time, and I could hear in his voice a happiness that I haven't heard in quite a while. I was so proud of him, and happy that he had the experience. As parents our biggest challenge is getting him to realize that although he has some special ed classes, and para assistance at school, he has much to offer and can over come his Autism.