Another thing that kills me is the thought of my brother ever being put into a residential home. I know that my mom would never let this happen. Neither would I… I would definitely take him in a heartbeat – I also know that my brother, my aunt, and many others close to us would do the same. But, as a sister, if I could never bare to see my brother in a home, how is it even possible that some parents could do something?
What makes me even more sad is that half of the people in these homes do not have major behaviors, could be taught more, etc. Plus! If you have the money to put your child in a home, why not just use that money to get the help at home? Instead of sticking them in a “jail cell.” Homes are scary – you have no idea how well your child is being taken care of or what is going on. And if they’re nonverbal? You’ll never know.
It sickens me to think that there are no possibilities for so many people with Autism that they have to be stuck into a home. That they cannot find an educational program, help them continue to grow, or even just be at home with their loved ones. Sammy will never, ever be put in a home.
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.