We live for the betterment of our children. There is no nobler cause regardless of race, class or title.
I am a father of three boys; my youngest Michael, 13, has Autism. He is surrounded by family, friends and providers who encourage and support him, none more important than my wife Karen and our two older sons Nicholas and Thomas. I am a Physician Assistant by trade and work with Developmentally Delayed adults residing in a state facility.
I wear a blue rubber bracelet on my wrist that says, “Engage – Enable – Expand – Express – Embrace” which has become a mantra for me.
I welcome you, and invite you on this journey with me as a parent on the Autism Spectrum. I urge you to share you stories, pictures videos and perspectives. I hope to share my experiences with you, and want to share stories that will engage you, inform you and inspire you to act and advocate for your loved one. Hopefully something you read on this blog will benefit you and your child.
I am an advocate for Awareness and Empowerment of those affected by Autism. Follow me on Twitter@1andOnlyJustEd and on my Facebook page Facebook.com/BeyondAutismAwareness dedicated to this blog.
Somewhere beyond mere Awareness lies the many universal traits we all aspire to: Acceptance, Advocacy, Achievement and Excellence.
This is more than just a movement to spread awareness. This is about our children’s lives, and by definition, our own. I hope you enjoy my posts, and hope that you share it with others. Onward and Upward! Thank you.