World Autism Month sneak peek
One of the best ways to increase understanding and acceptance of autistic people is by sharing their stories. Each week throughout April, or World Autism Month, we’re sharing a glimpse into the life of autistic people and their families. Their stories are unique, just like each person with autism. But they all have one thing in common: the ability to thrive and reach their full potential.
Last week, we shared more about our story and our steadfast commitment to our mission of promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for people with autism and their families. We also introduced you to Eileen L. and Charlie - a young mom and her 8-year-old son whose journey led to an autism diagnosis for them both, a new awareness of what autism is and a fierce advocacy for children and adults on the spectrum.
In our next featured profile, you’ll meet Seth M., 14, and his mom, Muhsinah, from Georgia. You’ll hear how Seth’s family came together in support of his weight loss journey and how the Autism Speaks Walk was the catalyst to his success. Seth, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, is down almost 60 pounds and continues to better himself each day thanks to a rock-solid support system of family and friends who love him.
Then, on Monday, April 18, we're excited to introduce Joanna C., 44. Joanna’s upbeat and fun-loving personality has been a welcome addition at Lee Container’s manufacturing facility in Centerville, Iowa, where she works as a line operator. Joanna’s mom, Lisa, was admittedly hesitant at first to encourage her daughter to take the job, but after hearing about the company’s involvement in Autism Speaks’ Workplace Inclusion Now (WIN) program, she quickly got on board. Joanna is thriving at her new job and Lee Container has another dedicated employee with a can-do attitude.
Finally, on April 25, we’ll wrap up our featured World Autism Month profiles as we introduce 7-year-old Donna M. from Pittsburgh, PA. Donna was diagnosed at age 4, but has made tremendous strides over the years thanks to the therapies and life skills and support programs she receives from her local elementary school. Donna’s parents, Justin and Shari, also credit their daughter’s talking device as an instrumental part of her success, calling it a “total game changer in how Donna can communicate her needs and wants.”