Remi Ray wrote -
I'm biking across America to raise money for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to the Connecticut Center for Child Development, which brings high quality services to individuals living with ASD--such as my sister, Celine. This tour is dedicated to her.
Hi, my name is Remi. This May I plan to quit my job, move out of my apartment, and live out my dream of riding a bicycle across America. I’m going on this journey because I want to see this magnificent country with my own eyes, discovering more about the land, its people, and myself along the way.
But there’s another reason I’m doing this and that’s my sister, Celine. Celine has Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. As a young girl her cognitive development was severely impaired and she struggled to learn or communicate. This was especially frustrating because, as we soon learned, Celine is an inherently social person!
What saved Celine was specialized education. She was removed from the public school system and placed in a learning environment structured around the needs of neurologically-impaired children. Celine is now twenty-one years old (!), speaking, writing, texting and emailing, making appointments, going shopping and hanging out with friends. Her next challenge is to make the leap from student to productive member of society. Upon graduation Celine will be placed in the Adult Services program of the Connecticut Center for Child Development, which provides autistic individuals with the skills and experiences they need to succeed in adulthood.
I’m dedicating this tour to my sister, Celine, and to the cause of autism awareness and advocacy. If you are inspired by Celine’s story, or mine, please consider donating to this fundraiser. Your donation goes straight to the CCCD to help Celine and others like her get the skills they need to thrive in the adult world.
Thanks for your support!