Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in responding to the every day needs of what we do and we need a reminder of why we do it.
Yesterday I walked into a local shop and began chatting with the women who worked there. When I mentioned that I directed a small local nonprofit that benefitted children with autism and their families the woman behind the counter asked me to tell her more about it. Then she told me that her son had just graduated with his masters degree and was looking for a teaching position. He has autism she said. Actually when he was five I was told he'd never be able to do anything. I didn’t believe that. He learned. He did well at school and he learned to develop friendships. I am so proud of him.
We all know someone who has been effected by autism. With one in 68 children being diagnosed the child with autism is our nephew, our daughter, our neighbor, our cousin's son. FAR believes everyone of those children have the right to access opportunity and so we provide families with a way to connect to services and therapy that otherwise would be out of reach.
Sometimes I get caught up in the daily efforts of applying for grants or trying to mount an event, answering questions, looking at bank statements. I am so grateful to be reminded of what's important. Thanks for telling me your story.