Marissa Hacker is working to make the world more inclusive for those with special needs. For Hacker, that starts with her twin brother Matthew who’s on the autism spectrum. Hacker, who’s 19 and attends Stockton University started an organization called Fantastic Friends to help people like her brother and others with special needs to have a place they can feel accepted for who they are. This summer, Hacker will be working as an intern with Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro at Autism Speaks in NYC.
Hacker’s mom Gerri Hacker told Philly.com, “Even when they were 2, she was always looking out for Matthew and other little kids. She always has been an advocate for kids with special needs.”
Matthew, who attended the candy land themed prom hosted by Fantastic Friends in New Jersey said, “I feel great! I feel happy,” and when asked about his feelings for his sister he said, “I like her, I love her.”
You can read more about this story at Philly.com here.
Read more of our sibling resources at Autismspeaks.org here. You can also read a blog that Hacker wrote for us ‘5 Things Every Sibling of Someone with Autism Wants You to Know” here. Check out some of the photos from the event below!