So thankful for the opportunity.
Read here — Interview with The Teen Magazine –
An eye opener because my words in some circles of the autism world have caused controversy.
We are a very divided community for many reasons. I do not agree with the divisiveness and my messages will never have the intention to divide.
I am very clear that our experience is very particular. The results and our experience are all based on the initial message received when Thomais was diagnosed.
One of the main reasons we are divided is because I received a very positive message.
Plus, the first time I ever heard about autism around 1998 – it was an eye opener.
I was in front of Temple Grandin (at a Poultry Processing industry trade show in Atlanta), listening to her passion and dedication seeking ways to make the slaughtering process more humane.
I was told I’d meet her and she had autism.
I said: “What is that”.
They said… “wait and see”…
All I saw was a more than capable individual, brilliant, being a professional.
And that was my first impression.
Years passed and it is now 2018 – I have a daughter on the autism spectrum.
I was told in June 2011, when she turned 3, that autism is medical. Two developmental pediatricians told me I needed to address the medical issues and my daughter will come back.
I know many families are not being told the same — they are being told that’s how their child is going to be and not lead a productive life or they’ll never say I love you or they will have to be institutionalized.
I must note, prior to the diagnosis – Thomais was developing like any other child, growing, smiling, eye contact, repeating everything in 3 languages. That changed drastically December 2010.
I am sharing our story because our message is a valid one. I am not the only one receiving the same message.
Lo and behold… After many steps, sacrifices, sleepless nights and the support of many… Thomais has autism but she no longer lives a life where the diagnosis controls the day to day. She is a girl in every sense of the word. She is fun. She is bossy. She expresses her emotions. She is learning. She is discovering the good and the tough.
April 2018 – Latest video — I have autism… Accept me!