My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Autism Society of America, Bethesda, MD, USA
I'm a single 63 year old mother of four sons, one with autism. I take care for my son full time since I retired 2 years ago. My other 3 boys have long fled the nest. My job was very demanding and as an exempt employee, often included weekends. In the back of my mind I always worried about Andy not being taught basic independent skills. Now, with my days only to invest on him I am able to reach out to other parents and professionals, attend meeting and trainings and/or simply pick up the phone and ask for a resource or advice.
All of the above I can count on and do thanks to the great San Diego Autism Society! In the short time that I have been meeting with the leaders and other parents of the San Diego Autism Society, I have learned about all the support and resources available to my son and I. I'm going through a very critical time, due to being the single bread winner for my boys, I missed the precious window of opportunity to teach my son to be as independent as his potential promised. Now I find myself scrambling to do just that and it's been very difficult to start a 41 year old man at learning skills that he probably could have learned at a much younger age. However, I've been leaning heavily on the Autism Society for advice, connections, activities for the both of us. So much so, that this last Spring, Andy attended camp for the first time in his life! And I was able to find a loving and caring community willing to be there for each other. While I always knew of the Autism Society-San Diego, I was unable to reach out to them as my job had me driving at a minimum 200 miles a day, and we live in a very rural area of San Diego. Making meeting times, was mission impossible for me. My hope is to be able to stay healthy and help my son in learning basic living independent skills with the short time I have ahead of me. I'm deeply grateful to the SDAS for being there for us. Sylvia and Andy