Anna Kennedy Online – Autism Awareness Charity

From one mother to another it does take a community to raise a child

 

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​Dear Anna,

I want to thank you.

14 years ago, I was told my little boy was autistic. I was told he’d never function in society. I was told to never expect him to speak.

I put him in schools and gave him medication and visited all sorts of therapists. All of this helped him.

I was exhausted all the time. I was worried about his future, even after he started talking.

I started following you. You gave me hope. I saw that every tiny thing I was doing would make a difference. The more he let me enter his world, the more he’d want to join mine.

Today my son graduated, mainstream, from high school with perfect scores. He starts college on June 6th.

He owns his own company. I don’t worry about him now, except typical things every mother does.

You are a large part of his success. When I needed advice, you were there. I was terrified when he would elope. You were there.

Every step of his journey has been his own, but he needed me to be strong for him. When I was weak or hopeless, I had support. I was able to overcome what I was going through and reach him. I made a promise to myself to be like you.

I received employment working as a vocational specialist for the disabled. I train so many people like my son. I help them get appropriate jobs with accommodations to help them succeed. I hire job coaches to aid them at work. I want to give back as you do.

Thank you for helping Joel.

From one mother to another, it does take a community to raise a child.

 

From one mother to another it does take a community to raise a child
From one mother to another it does take a community to raise a child
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