Let’s see….where do I start? Life’s been a real rollercoaster for the last 5 months. Some days were good, some bad, some productive, some not so productive and many were spent trying to figure out what my next move was going to be.
One big highlight is that Christian and I moved 3 months ago. Our new place has a couple of hundred more square feet of which some will be transformed into Autism But Life Goes On office space. I’m looking to get A.B.L.G.O products made; things like mouse pads, pens and stress balls. I’m also looking into attending fairs and meetings to meet and support families touched by autism.
One thing is for sure….I am soooo glad to be back!
As many people know, I turned Autism But Life Goes On into a business a couple of months ago. My reason for doing this was to have a hands on impact on the lives of the people that visit the site. I read a lot of stories from parents that are forced to choose between services for their children because they can’t afford services and medication. I also read about people who are having a hard time with getting IEPs done correctly. I’d like to make Autism But Life Goes On a place where people can turn for help with these matters as well as other needs.
While Autism But Life Goes On has been successful in the number of people it reaches all over the world, I’d like to take it to the next level. I’m asking for donations to help me get it to a place where it’s impact can be greater. No donation is too small and all will go toward this cause. Thanks for your help!
The feelings of both excitement and nervousness flow through me as I share with you that Autism But Life Goes On is officially Autism But Life Goes On Inc. For the past couple of years I’ve shared with individuals my experiences as the mother of an autistic child. Time and time again I’ve noticed that kind deeds and a few words of encouragement go a long way; hence why I started this blog. The experience has been amazing. In the past few weeks I’ve been blessed to be used to touch the lives of several hundred people in the United States as well as people in the United Kingdom, Australia,Canada, Brazil, Switzerland, Myanmar, Netherlands, Ireland, Kenya, Italy and the Cayman Islands.
Now that Autism But Life Goes On is a registered business my plans are to really reach out to the members of the Autism community through various activities. I can’t speak for people in other states, but there aren’t a lot of support and social services for people touched by autism in Illinois. I’d like to change that. I’ll be working on some things and will be posting updates about progress as I move along. As for now….hooray for a new service provider for our community!
I periodically think back to my initial reaction 6 years ago when I was told that my now 9 year old son had autistic spectrum disorder. I can very clearly remember thinking how the doctor was the nicest idiot I’d ever met. Surely my son couldn’t be autistic….I was among the top students all my years in school. Not to mention that I ate tons of vegetables, walked regularly when I was pregnant and never missed any of my prenatal appointments. I politely thanked the doctor for his time and Christian and I went home to take an afternoon knap. I never once mentioned the doctor’s diagnosis to anyone until a year later.
I accepted the fact that Christian was autistic when he was 4 years old and what should’ve been words were just sounds. I immediately jumped into action and searched for schools with quality autism programs and got us involved in social skills groups and play groups. I was as determined then as I am now to make sure my son receives a quality education and has a great childhood full of wonderful experiences.
I look forward to my blog being a link in the chain that brings special needs families together!