I am thankful for all of the people that are in my brother's life. He has some incredible friends, family, therapists, doctors, teachers, etc. Without any of you, I don't know where Sammy would be. It is because of each of you that he makes progress and is as incredible as he is.
I wish people would be more aware of the fact that people with Autism are each different. Just because you meet someone with Autism, doesn't mean you understand every person with Autism. Every single individual is different, has different needs, and has different strengths. Just like everyone else, just people you met someone without Autism, doesn't mean that person is the same as the next.
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.