Help Me Help Lincoln Find His Voice Through Autism Speaks!!!
My journey with Autism started a year ago when myu son, Lincoln, was diagnosed with moderate to severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He was 2 at the time and is now almost 4.
Up until now I haven’t shared this with many people for a number of reasons.
1. I wanted to protect Lincoln because I didn’t want people to treat him differently or less. I didn’t want people to prejudge him and decide who he is or what he’s capable of.
2. At the time of his diagnosis I didn’t even know what Autism was myself, let alone be able to explain it to someone else.
3. I needed time to accept, to cope, to learn, to grow and most importantly to understand that Autism isn’t a disease or disorder and that I shouldn’t be ashamed or hide it. I needed time to realize that how I feel and act towards it will be a model to Lincoln and how he will feel and act when he becomes an adult.
I am sharing our story and journey now because after a year of living with Autism in my home daily I know now that I need to be a HUGE advocate for not only Lincoln but also the Autism community as a whole. Lincoln was a little over 2 years old when he was diagnosed and he barely had a handful of words. He had a very difficult time communicating, regulating his emotions and understanding the world around him. After and a full year of intensive speech therapy and ABA therapy he is ABSOLUTELY thriving. Now he talks too much sometimes, but I never take that for granted and every word he says I treasure with my whole being.
At the beginning of this journey I felt very lost and alone. I was filled with fear and doubt. I tried to do research on my own but it was very difficult to navigate the information on my own. Luckily I found a few Facebook support groups that were life saving. I learned about and joined TACA (The Autism Community in Action). I can’t express how truly amazing all the people in this community are. They provide my family with so much useful information, support and resources. Being able to connect with other families who just understand, who don’t judge and who genuinely want to help has made a world of difference to my learning and growth. I don’t think Lincoln or I would’ve made it through this journey and come out in one piece without this amazing community. I am now a life time advocate for groups like Autism Speaks that help families like mine get the help they need.
I’ve always wanted to run the NY marathon but to get the opportunity to run it with Autism Speaks Team is such an amazing privilege.
I really hope that our story inspires you and that you will join me in my efforts to help Lincoln find his voice through Autism Speaks! The money I am raising will help support so many families living with Autism just like ours. This is such an important and worthy cause to me and I hope that my efforts and your generosity will make a little difference.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 in 59 children is on the autism spectrum.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. They empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span.
Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
Thank you for helping me reach my goal. Your support is greatly appreciated!
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