My family has been so very lucky to have all of you in our lives, and you all have been so accepting of Adam, our challenges and needs. Not everyone has that. I read messages every day from parents whose families don't get it - and try to tell them they just need to discipline their child more. Or whose friends have slipped away, because they have nothing in common anymore. Or who cannot leave the house because their child has such high anxiety/is a "runner"/is so overwhelmed in public that they melt down.
AutismUp is a family, and provides connection, reduces isolation, offers camaraderie, information and support to families living with autism in our area.
Distancing, disruption of routine, and absence of special ed and therapies has hit families with autism hard. Families need the connections and skill-building from AutismUp now more than ever.
And AutismUp needs your help now, more than ever.
In our family, Adam continues to make gains, and is working toward employment later this year (hopefully!) and AutismUp is helping. He is currently doing personal training at AutismUp;they are addressing his core and upper body strength deficits, and also teaching him about setting and working toward a goal, tracking progress, using equipment, and the unwritten social "rules" of a gym - such that he will one day be able to use a community fitness center on his own. He is also enrolled in a new class at AutismUp that is tackling skills for independence. Some of them are pretty conceptual. I've known for some time Adam needs these skills, but I felt powerless to teach them myself. It's wonderful to have someone with the right training in autism and education teach him! I can practice with him, but figuring out how to begin to teach some things was just beyond me.
People with autism need the skill-building and support opportunities of AutismUp now more than ever.
And AutismUp needs your help, now more than ever.
With the fundraising gala cancelled, and fee-based group programs on hold, AutismUp really needs funds this year more than ever, to continue offering virtual and one-on-one in person services, and slowly begin (smaller, distanced) group classes in fall.
Thank you all for your love and support over the years.