I have a wonderful video to show with you all! One of our very special friends, Alex Arp, made this amazing video for Sammy and his track race. Please check it out! A big thank you to the Arp family and St. Patrick track team for making this possible, it still brings tears to my eyes!
I don't think I can say it enough, but I am thankful for all of the people Autism has brought into my life. Not only have I met an amazing brother and learned endless lessons from him -- I have learned what it means to be truly there for someone and what total love and support means. Our friends and family show us this everyday.
I wish the world was more aware of Autism year round. I mean it's nice that there is a whole month dedicated to Autism Awareness, but why should it stop there? Just because it's May now, doesn't mean that Autism goes away. It's still here - it's still a big deal - it still affects tons of families/individuals.
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.