First and foremost, I have been amazed and honored by the response. When I agreed to be interviewed for this blog, I could have never imagined that this post would touch so many parents just like me. There are so many parents out there who are struggling with the day to day challenges of autism that I am touched and blessed that someone out there found a glimmer of hope for what seems to be a never ending cycle of frustration.
Secondly, I firmly believe that there are reasons why we are given certain resources, certain avenues of hope, etc. Maybe the biggest reason is that there is such a need for a feeling of community, a sense of inclusion in a group who’s focus is on those who so often feel shut in or alone in the big world we live in. When we started F.A.A.S.T., we had no idea how large this community, this family truly is. I was very happy to find MyAutismTeam (www.myautismteam.com) and the approach they have taken to close the gap of trying to find available resources. MyAutismTeam provides that link, it provides the opportunity to see the resources in the local community and how they have been able to help our children. In a community that often times says “I don’t know where to turn”, MyAutismTeam provides that place to turn to.
I want to take a moment to thank Eric Peacock and Mary Ray at Insider Pages and MyAutismTeam for providing me the opportunity to share our experiences with the world. I also want to share my appreciation to Autism Speaks for continuing to provide a venue for parents like me to have a voice
for the autism community. It is such an honor to be part of this community and I want to share my gratitude for those who have shared their experiences and
led the charge in creating awareness for autism. Let’s continue to share our
voice and create “awareness1by1”!