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Help Along the Way: Empowering Autism Families

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Mission Statement: The increasing awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) in the modern day has propelled efforts to support affected individuals. The ‘Help along the way’ Non-profit organization aims to not only further provide awareness to ASD but serve to provide assistance and relief to families adjusting to life with the addition of autism.

The Why?
  • Financially: Over 10% of low-income welfare families care for children with severe disabilities or special needs. Mothers of these children are less likely to be employed compared to those without severely disabled children. In very low-income families, there are tradeoffs between expenses for the special needs child and basic living costs. These families are at higher risk of poverty and material hardship. Government programs like Supplemental Security Income are crucial for providing additional income support.
  • Socially: Families often experience high levels of stress and anxiety. The demands of caring for a child with autism can lead to feelings of isolation and helplessness, affecting parents' mental health. Families may withdraw from social activities due to the unpredictability of their child's behavior or due to negative reactions from others. This can lead to a reduced support network and increased feelings of loneliness. he pressures of managing a child's needs can impact marital relationships, sometimes leading to increased conflict or even separation. However, some couples find that they become closer as they work together to support their child.

"Until recently, I’ve never thought about autism. At least, not personally. I've known of autism… I've known of its manifestations in awkward pauses and eccentric responses, of its presence in the brightest minds and the funniest classmates, but never what it's like to live with autism… not what it's like to constantly question my approach to my autistic little brother, to overthink before I speak to him, to overanalyze his little gestures, to feel a bit helpless when my mother has difficulties navigating schooling and financing concerning him, or rather, his 'disorder'. There is constant awareness of autism and its effects, but not really a guide to cope with it… a helping hand… one that's not a book at least. I've decided to create this non-profit as means to assist households changing with the addition of autism. To change the way that people view ASD and to gather those willing to teach and learn with families affected by the way of life that it shapes. ASD should not stunt the functionalism of a family and their home, it should not hinder their way forward, and it should not be a path traveled alone. Awareness is good… Action is great. If you’ll allow us, we’ll be the help along the way."
- Cherish Council, Founder/CEO

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Atlanta, GA

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