The Foundation for Autism Resources is almost one year old. FAR was started in response to a need in the autism community - getting families who can't afford services for their children on the spectrum connected to resources, quickly, directly and personally.
FAR now has nine families, 11 children, who are receiving services. I receive more calls and emails each week. Parents tell me that it makes a real difference every day, not just in terms of what their son or daughter on the spectrum is learning but in how it effects the whole family. Every family has stories. We tell them to each other every day, and we create more of them every day. As the writer Murial Rukeyser said "the world isn't made of atoms, it's made of stories."
What do you want others to know about being the parent, aunt or uncle, grandparent, sibling or friend of a young person with autism? As a teacher or therapist what would you like to share? What questions do you have?
From the Director:
I am going to start by sharing a little of my story, I look forward to hearing yours.
I have worked in education for over thirty years, as a classroom teacher, parent and community liaison. I have mentored other teachers and for the last 15 years I worked with school districts all around the country to help improve schools, especially for students who have been underserved. I spent a lot of time over the last few years in Washington DC working to change policy that would help schools become a more positive place for students and families. While I have met many excellent teachers and administrators, and been in many schools that are doing all they can for their students, sometimes it is difficult to feel like I am really making a difference in helping every child reach for their own stars.
When I was asked to help get the Foundation for Autism Resources started I thought -here is an opportunity to make an immediate difference in people's lives. FAR believes that the best therapy for a child involves the whole family, and by providing a way for families who can't afford ABA therapy to get quality services I know FAR is benefitting children and families. - right now.
But that is just the beginning FAR is building a community
where families can connect with each other
where children are connected with resources
where the larger community finds connection with understanding life on autism and making a difference one family at a time.
All the best