Last year at 4 years old our son Nathan was diagnosed with autism. Before his diagnosis public places were avoided, "vacations" ended prematurely, and anxiety ruled our lives. The diagnosis also brought on overwhelming emotions. I felt alone and in the dark.
Nathan is the sweetest silliest boy who loves his big sister Riley (and occaisonally driving her crazy!). Nathan has high functioning level one autism. I knew something was different because he can be very inflexible in behavior and thought. He gets highly fixated on certain things. He loves his Roomba vacuum and can tell you all about it! He is working on social skills so he can connect with his peers easier that may not want to chat about how a Roomba is better than a Dyson!
Thanks to our supportive school system Nathan continues to make significant progress from the services he receives. I still struggle with finding resources and whether or not I am doing enough. Navigating the Autism path should be easier. I want to help more children to receive services and therapies they deserve, lessen the financial burden that comes with autism, and help those with ASD and their families live life to the fullest. Support is so important those with affected by ASD and I am running the 2020 Boston Marathon to raise funds for Dougie's team to help make this possible.
The Doug Flutie, Jr. Flutie Foundation for Autism's Story:
Former NFL Quarterback, Doug Flutie, and his wife Laurie started the Doug Flutie, Jr. Flutie Foundation for Autism in 1998 after their son, Dougie, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Their personal experience of raising a son on the autism spectrum inspired them to help others on an equally long and challenging journey. Over its 20-year history, the Flutie Foundation has distributed over $14 million to schools and organizations who provide clinical therapies, respite services, recreational programs, social skills training, job supports and more for people affected by autism.
The Flutie Foundation also provides education technology tools, adaptive camp scholarships, safety equipment, and direct family support through its special programs. The Flutie Foundation’s newest initiative, Flutie Spectrum Enterprises, will help create businesses to employ adults with autism.
Learn More | www.flutiefoundation.org
The Flutie Foundation is proud to participate in the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program.