BENEFITING: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
ORGANIZER: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
EVENT DATE: May 20, 2017
One child in 68 is likely to have autism. Currently, the cause is unknown. Research has given us an understanding of autism that has come such a long way since researchers in the United States started using the term in the 1940's to explain the behavior of withdrawn children.
My husband was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as an adult, after a lifetime of IEP's, being considered "weird" because he is socially awkard, and being labelled as intelligent but lacking motivation to succeed. He went through great lengths to find out what was "wrong" with him. It took many trips to doctors, mental health providers, and life coaches to finally have a psychiatrist diagnose him.
My younger daughter was diagnosed at age 4 by Developmental Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. We are so lucky that she received therapy and medical attention from the age of 2, when we knew definitely something was "wrong" with her. We are so blessed to have some of the best doctors in the country within less than an hour drive.
In March 2016, at well over 300 lbs, I decided to take control of my health. I joined Crossfit Amesbury. Suddenly I was surrounded by supportive people. I made new friendships and gained something I have never had in my life, self-steem. I have become a positive role model for my family. One year later, I have a daughter and husband who have become members as well. I struggle with depression, anxiety and self-sabotage every single day. Crossfit has given me an outlet for this. Also in the past year, I have run two 5k's with my family. Physically and emotionally, these were huge steps.
I am doing the Tough Mudder Half Philly with my best friend, Stephanie, who coincidently is a special education teacher that teaches children on the spectrum. I am doing it for me. To prove to myself that I can do anything I am determined to do. I am the only one that can limit me. I am also doing it for my family and for every other family that is affected by autism. Please consider making a donation to OAR. I would feel honored that you believe in me as much as I do, and are willing to donate to help families such as mine that face challenges due to autism everyday.
The Organization for Autism Research was founded and is led by parents, grandparents, and relatives of children and adults with autism. They fund research studies; award autism research grants; educate children whose peers have autism; distribute literature on safety for those with autism; and publish guidebooks.