My name is Sylvia Rawlins.
The adorable young man on this video happens to be my 19 year old son who is Autistic and Cognitive Disabled. His main means of communication is American Sign Language (ASL). He is hearing and has a soft deep voice that is seldom being used due to his incomprehensible enunciations. Thus, he is 100% mute at home and about 75% mute in school.
This very extraordinarily special young man’s name is John David Rawlins. We call him by the nickname, “JD”. His intellectual impairment does not stop him from doing excellent in everything he learns to do and in everything he is interested in doing. Being Autistic, he is a perfectionist; thus, he is very meticulous with everything he indulges in.
This young man is very precious to me. JD is the WORLD to me. I live FOR him to have a future.
I serve not only as his mother, but I am, also, his Personal Trainer/Instructor, Swim Coach, Literary Advisor, Teacher, Choreographer, Arts & Graphics Mentor, and Novel Mentor.
Perfection had always been the KEY to his successful accomplishments.
In this Pandemic era, it had been very difficult for me to cope with the lack of finances due to my health challenges and my job loss. I had accumulated numerous debts because I work full time taking care of JD's needs, education, and training to have a bright future for him.
JD's home is his refuge. It is the only place he feels comfortable and safe. Due to JD's cognitive inabilities and social delays, all of his sports and activities are self expressions of what's inside of him that can not be, otherwise, expressed fully. Not having the financial means to continue these very important activities would cause a major devastation and loss to his routine and will impact his ability to function appropriately as a vigorous regimen, which is a part of what keeps him stable both mentally and physically.
My own health challenges and autoimmune disease have set me back, as well, because I have no other family here who can help take care of JD or help me financially.
I am in dire need of financial assistance so that we can keep our home and keep JD progressing.
Please take time to click on the photo and video links below to view more about JD. All underlined words here in this article that may or may not be black in color are links, as well. Please do feel free to click on these links to reveal images / videos.
We would be most grateful for anything that you are willing to give us.
No amount is too big or too small. Your help is sincerely appreciated.
Thank you so much.
Sylvia Rawlins a.k.a. "Silky Stone"
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John David Rawlins's Talents and Skills:
==> Competitive Swimmer : Gold Medalist, Special Olympics of NJ Summer Games,
o 200 yd and 400 yd Individual Medley
o 400 yd Freestyle
==> Comic Book Writer and Illustrator : Had written three Comic Books (https://amazon.com/author/jdcrawlins) with one coming soon, entitled:
o “Roast Beef Bear and Mr. Crackerhead”
o “Roast Beef Bear, Mr. Crackerhead, & FAV Visit Mr. Cheeseburger”
o “The Trio, Chased!”
o “Wavy @ 41st Century AD (Publishing on October 29,2022)
==> ASL Signer, Opening Ceremonies, Special Olympics of New Jersey 2022, College of New Jersey, Trenton, New Jersey:
==> ASL Signer, Burlington County Special Services School District (BCSSSD), Holiday Shows :
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On December 20th, 2022, JD received a Proclamation from the State by New Jersey Senator Stanfield, Assemblymen Umba and Torrissi for being "an example and an inspiration to fellow citizens of all ages" through his "accomplishment of becoming a published author"; signed by NJ Senate President Scutari and Assembly Speaker Coughlin, and attested by the Senate Secretary and the Assembly Clerk.
JD had a total of four (4) Comic Books published in year 2022, having one Comic Book created every three (3) months - - on the dot. Publication Dates are January 29th, April 29th, July 29th, and October 29th. This year 2023, JD continues with this same schedule of Publication Dates.