Recently, I contacted our local newspaper to share the amazing deed that the BS VFW did for us, regarding the building of the fence. We also made the Sentinel aware of how many obstacles the township has put us all through - and continues to do so. The Sentinel wrote a story about it and Sammy made the front page! Please read the article here.
Please help us and support the VFW keep Sammy's fence! It was an amazing deed and something that I will forever appreciate -- it seems like something so simple, but it means the world to my brother, I don't understand why a few regulations need to ruin such a great thing.
It really rips me apart that something like this is overshadowed by the obstacles we have been facing. The spotlight should be on how amazing and thoughtful Bill Hartman and the VFW have been. That is all that matters!
My love for my brother is unconditional, but knowing that there are other people out there that feel the same way and want to go to great lengths and overcome such issues (like this one with the township) means the world to me. My brother is an amazing person and deserves every bit of that fence, and more. We take advantage of our independence every day. You can walk out and get the mail and knowing what street safety is isn't a second thought - you just know. Could you imagine being cooped up in the house because you didn't understand it was safe to stay in the yard and no one had time to come and follow you around outside? Sammy's intense needs restrict him from being a human being everyday, the fence gives him freedom - and for that, I thank the VFW and now the Sentinel.
Autism from a sibling's point of view...
My name is Paige and I am 24 years old. I graduated from Towson University with a Psychology Bachelors Degree. I am now working towards my Master's in Education of Autism and other Pervasive Disorders at Johns Hopkins. I am also a Behavior Data Specialist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit. My younger brother, Sammy, is 19 and has Autism. He is completely non-verbal, unaware of safety, is not toilet trained, cannot get himself dressed, and has difficulty with everyday activities that we all take advantage of. He works harder every single day of his life than anyone I know and he always does it with a smile on his face. He is my true hero and inspiration and because of him, I have dedicated my life to advocating and creating opportunities for individuals with Autism. I hope that I can make him proud and this blog is just a small part of the awareness I hope I can create about Autism and support other siblings impacted by Autism. I love you Sammy - thank you for everything.