In 2000 my son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. With no resources and no idea where to turn I began researching. I knew the information I learned could help other families so I sought out a way to share information by producing a resource booklet distributed through our local school system. About the same time, there was a man with a disability who was shot by police for forgetting to pay for gas. I was appalled and scared, worried that without community wide education that that could one day be my son. Through grass roots efforts, with the help of other parents and educators we founded the Autism Society of McLean County to address the lack of awareness, education and networking. 15 years later, we have accomplished much, my son has friends in the community, parents have needed resources, we raise awareness through our Autism Friendly Community initiative and have truly built a community around the abilities of our adults and youth with autism spectrum disorders. I was raised to believe "what goes around comes around", our giant efforts in a small community have proven that. We are truly blessed to have each other to inspire and guide us.
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