Make Rose Smile - woman who raised an Autistic child
Organized by: Howard Smith
My fundraiser is dedicated to a woman who endured through one of the most difficult situations a person could go through. In 1995 our eight year old son was diagnosed with Autism, and we applied for the Autism Wavier that would help with medical expenses, child care expenses and respite care. It wasn't until 9 years later that we were finally able to start receiving help from that program. In the meantime, we were forced to raise a child that would hit, kick and bite; cuss us out and run off from home. He would break windows, destroy our furniture, and break things around the house. We couldn't reason with him because of the mental retardation, and life slowly grew worse for us each year. At school we begged for help, but they told us they could do nothing to help us. Finally, four years ago, the Department of Child Services became involved as we were losing control of the situation and it was becoming desperate. The court CHINS'ed him and he was sent to a center for Autism outside Indianapolis for behavior management and stabization. After being there four months he was sent home, only to have the destructive behaviors re-surface after about nine months. DCS would not CHINS him again, so we were left to deal with his running off, waking us up all hours of the night and hitting and throwing himself on the floor and pounding it with his fists. I could not hold a regular job as I had to stay at home to keep order and subdue his outbursts. I tried to go into business for myself but only made around 12k a year. My wife had to work full-time as she was headed for a nervous breakdown struggling to raise our son. Our son now lives in a group home, and we finally have peace in our house after eight years of struggle. We live out in the county in an old log cabin, and I would like so much to give her a pretty little house for all she has gone through - nothing big, just a nice pretty little house that she can have and enjoy after all she has been through. We are about $40000 short of being able to do that, and I was hoping that if there are some people out there that are blessed with some extra money, they might find it in their heart to help a saint of a woman who endured a child-raising nightmare and survived. We can back up our story with doctors reports and school reports, as well as state agency documents. Thanks, for taking the time to read our story.