As a parent of a young child with Autism and other disabilities, I am very empathetic to the needs of parents and children.
I was a working mother and wife, who due to circumstances with my son, is not able pursue a typical 9-5 job.
Calls from my sons school, medical appointments, and caring for the needs of my son were the reasons I had to leave the school system.
I will always love working with children. This lifestyle change was not a setback, but a chance for me to pursue other goals.
I have wanted to go to graduate school for many years. I now have that opportunity available to me. I am pursuing my Master's in ABA on line. I also applied for Partners in Policymaking which is a program through the VA Board for People with Disabilities. I was accepted for the class of 2013. I was also accepted to the Va-LEND (Leadership Education on Neuro-developmental Disabilities) through VCU.
I have had the opportunity to be a Vice Chair on my local Special Education Advisory Committee, and a volunteer for several children's non-profits.
I decided that change can be a new pathway. When my husband and I agreed that I should leave work to be more available to care for my son, I was somewhat sad for a while. but instead I chose to let my sadness move to action. Now I am in a position to help my child more and also other children in different ways.
Tutoring and parent support is one way I can help others. Life is about choices. We do not always have control over the outcomes, but we do have the choice to try to create new pathways for ourselves.
I hope this message can be encouraging for other families like me. I am humbled by my experiences, and I would like so much to help others.
I hope to be a resource as a tutor, parent and child advocate, or just a mom who understands.