Studies and those of us living on the front lines of #LifewithAutism know that services and employment can be hard to come by, especially if you are from a family with limited resources.
Ask anyone in the Autism community and they will tell you that the understanding of this mental and emotional disorder is difficult, even in the circles of societal support you'd expect to have such an understanding. The best road to integrating a child with Autism into next steps in any area of life (education, employment, social), is through a method called "partial participation." Because Autism affects a person’s ability to process information and understand social cues, small baby steps help them integrate and learn more readily, e.g. being in the math class before actually doing the math.
I'm approaching my son's launch into adulthood in the same manner. I'm trying to fund a used travel trailer that we can keep on our property to house him in. It would allow him a safe place to begin understanding life on his own, while still being under the watchful eye of his family. We have tried other avenues of helping him live independently, seeking/maintaining employment, and it unfortunately lead to near-disasterous results.
The money raised here would be used to purchase, tow, and set up the trailer on the property of our family's home. If Bean is successful in moving from this type of living arrangement to something more traditional, we would keep the trailer as a fall-back plan. If Bean proves to have longevity in his success of living independently, then our aim is to perhaps provide this trailer to another family dealing with a young adult with Autism.
#LifewithAutism is difficult, to say it politely. This small bit of support would help make it less difficult and may even be the launch pad to get Bean soaring to a successful adult, independent life.
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