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At noon I picked my son up from ABA therapy where he had spent the morning. We came home and he had lunch. This is the same routine that he has had every Friday for the last five years. Almost every Friday he would sign to me to “run”, and when I couldn’t, we would see SIB, typically in the form of head slamming. Today, I picked him up and brought him home and we had lunch. He came to me and signed, “run”. It was with the greatest joy that I could finally tell him, “yes!”

His eyes widened in surprise and I do not have the words to describe the happiness in his smile. When an Autistic child displays emotions, they are so pure and raw. The sadness is heartbreaking, but the joy is so warm and true. I have seen this smile every day for almost a week now. I watch him as he runs into the back yard and plays with balls and hoops and all the things a ten-year-old boy should be able to play with. I am writing this now as I watch that smile on his face. He is throwing up and catching a ball, and he has the purest delight in this activity. He is running with his service dog and laughing. He is laughing!

For the past five days we have seen almost an extinction of “no” related SIB because we can finally say yes to the most basic of requests – going outside to play. This is something we would not have been able to do without the help of you and the sponsors. You are all the reason that my son is smiling at this very moment. You are all the reason he is being “a boy”, and I do not have enough words to convey my deep gratitude for this amazing gift.

Please extend our extreme gratitude to the donors for this gift, and for every day that my child can now play safely outside.

With the most humble thanks,
Parents of JD

Hi Erica,

I’m sorry for the delay in getting these pictures to you, but with the move and back-to-school we have been swamped! Just wanted to share that the trampoline and weighted blanket have both been wonderful additions to our home environment and have played a big part in Sean feeling settled and calm in his new space. Thanks again for everything.

The Leahy family

Brayden

Dear Autism Care Today,

We would like to take the opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to Autism Care Today for providing our son Brayden with a $5,000 grant. It means so much to our family! Our son Brayden who has severe autism has made amazing gains with the help of his ABA therapy team and without the generosity of Autism Care Today we would not be able to continue his treatment due to financial hardship.

Many Blessings to Autism Care Today and their generous donators.

Sincerely,
The Nick Family

Dear Erica,

Thank you all so very much for the iPad that you provided our son for his listening therapy! What a difference it has made for our family! Our son had sudden onset hearing loss in his right ear and had a cochlear implant placed in December of last year. It is imperative to his success in hearing through his implant to complete listening therapy each day and force only his deaf ear to hear. Because of new technology with implants, he is able to connect to an iPad and stream sounds directly to his implant in his right ear without his left ear hearing. Therapy was such a challenge and was unfortunately very sporadic. Because of the ease to connect to the iPad that you provided, and because of the wide variety of materials he can now listen through the library, he is completing his listening therapy each day! What a great use of technology! This makes such a difference as his brain is learning to interpret these “noises” through his device as actual words. Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart. What a difference this has made for our family and our son’s success with his cochlear implant!…

Sincerely,
Susan

Oseghale

Dear Autism Care Today,
It has taken this long to put into words our gratitude for your generous grant to our precious child, Oseghale. This has made it possible for him to continue receiving his ABA Therapy. From the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you.

Thank you so much to all the board members, donors and staff of this wonderful organization who has shown and continues to show dedication towards helping families with Autism. You all have made our lives much easier as our prayers have been answered through Autism Care Today and we are grateful for this awesome gift.

God bless you all for giving us hope.
Oseghale’s Parents

Leo is really loving his iPad, thanks so much for enriching his life!

There are so many speech activities for him to learn from and that are also fun for him to participate in. He hasn’t forgotten to use his iPad daily since he’s received it. There are a lot of free apps which is very convenient for us. We look forward to a very fun learning experience.

Thank you kindly,
Carolyn Nieto

Xander

We are humbled and so grateful to the Autism Care Today Foundation for gifting our son Xander with an IPad last year. This has been such a helpful tool that we can utilize in ABA Therapy, accessing programs and videos to assist Xander’s development and growth. Xander also enjoys using his IPad in stressful social situations. As a military family that moves frequently we appreciate when we find local programs that are so friendly, helpful and supportive. We are thankful for the part Autism Care Today has played in our sons journey.

Grace
Xander’s Mom

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for awarding a grant to our beautiful son Joshua who is 8 years old and has autism. Through your grant program, we were awarded an iPad 2. Joshua was diagnosed with autism at the age of 26 months and has always been completely nonverbal. Not only will this grant of an iPad 2 allow him to be able to communicate with the world around him like never before, it will allow him to have something that he can use to relate to his peers like nothing else available to him. Joshua has always desperately wanted to interact with kids his own age and watches them as they play without him. Thank you so much for giving our son an opportunity that we could not have given to him.

He has not let this iPad go since we got it set up for him this morning. There has never been anything that has been able to hold his attention for that long, ever.

Thank you again.

Jason and Susan
Joshua’s Family

Hello – I am a single mother of a child with autism. I am always afraid of my son just running off. Our road is very dangerous because people drive about 70 mph on our road. I am always afraid of him going around the house and getting hit so this fence will give me peace of mind. This fence will give him his own space to be free and let him feel like a kid. It means so much to me and I know for him too. He plays outside all day long from sun up to sun down. I can’t say thank you enough.

Peyton’s Mom

We are a military family. My husband is a Marine currently deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months. Our 5 year old son J was diagnosed with autism when he was 22 months. J did not return a smile and did not pick up on social cues like waving. We had him evaluated because he had a language delay. We left that appointment with a diagnosis of autism. It has now been over three years since his diagnosis and J has matured, grown, and overcome so many deficits. When we learned my husband would be deployed for year my heart sank. I immediately began to look for any resource that might benefit J while his Daddy was away. Camp Royall is a summer camp. After researching the camp I knew it would be an amazing experience for J. The need for funding led me to discover Autism Care Today. Fortunately we were awarded a $1,500 grant to cover nearly all of Joshua’s camp tuition. This grant has benefited everyone in our family. My husband is comforted to know J is able to experience fun outdoor adventures even though he is not here to take him. I have the added benefit of a week of respite to give some much needed attention to our daughter who often times get overshadowed by her brother. But most of all J gets to have the experience of a lifetime. He gets to spend a week away from home, meet new friends, broaden his life experience, and have fun! What an amazing gift to a boy who faces so many challenges.

J’s Family

We received a grant to build a fence. Our son Ezekiel, age 12, was diagnosed with autism at age 6. He suffered grand mal seizures, sometimes several a day, from the ages of 7 1/2 until almost 11, 3 years. He also has selective mutism. Animals are so important to Ezekiel. He has a little pocket beagle named Buster. We were afraid to let Ezekiel take Buster outside because there were some stray dogs that tried to attack Buster before. We also were concerned about Ezekiel wandering. He has 2 siblings that spend a lot of time in the front yard. This fence has allowed him to have open access to the yard again. He is taking Buster out to play, playing baseball, swinging. When Ezekiel was younger, and throughout the years, he has always drawn pictures of mini donkeys and farm animals. His dream has been to have a little farm. Some people say the animals are therapeutic. We know that a boy’s dreams, whatever they are, are so important in restoring hope. Ezekiel reads to his animals, and talks and talks to them. You have provided a resource that has been so good for his heart, expanding his world. It is a gift we enjoy everyday as we see him exploring the world again.

The Mata Family