Raising a child with Down’s Syndrome will change your life in remarkable ways. While overwhelming at times, for many parents it’s a rewarding and truly eye-opening experience filled with some of the most meaningful life lessons one can hope to learn. But it’s not always easy.
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While autism may make life more difficult, it hasn’t stopped many from defying the odds, challenging misconceptions and living life boldly. These are the people we need to celebrate as they’re a powerful reminder of what’s possible. They teach us that no matter how tough things may be, we should never give up. Because if they can, others with autism can too!
I recall only too clearly my shock at hearing the news of yet another wandering tragedy. This time a 5-year old boy with autism who wandered from his family’s New Year’s Eve party only to be found two days later in the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania. Once again, we are reminded that more needs to be done to keep children with special needs safe.
With 2015 behind us, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect and feel grateful for those moments that make it all worthwhile. AngelSense had an incredible year filled with many priceless moments. We remain committed to making the world a safer place for kids with special needs, and look forward to an even better 2016.
Finding toys to engage a child with autism can be challenging, but with a little patience and understanding you’ll soon see how rewarding this can be. The key is to be sensitive to your child’s unique sensory needs, and to choose toys accordingly.
The AngelSense community has put together 5 films to inspire, inform and remind you that though times may be tough, you’re not alone. Our hope is that these films will give you more insight into autism and what it means for your child. With enough empathy and understanding, one can only hope that more kids with autism will find their place in society.
At 3 a.m. EST on December 11th, just when it seemed all hope was lost, an NYPD detective directed by the AngelSense team, was able to track and find a wandering 17-year-old old with autism and bring him home safely after a 7 hour non-stop night ride in the New York City subway system.
Earlier this month marked the second anniversary of the tragic disappearance of Avonte Oquendo, a young autistic teenager, from his school in Queens. After an extensive three month search, his body was found in New York City’s East River. But his story doesn’t end here. Avonte’s face has became a symbol in the autism community.
If the cost to raise a child in the U.S, from birth to age 18 is approximately $245,340 (or $304,480, adjusted for projected inflation), I shudder to think of the costs involved in raising my seven year old son with autism.
Many special needs kids are very talented, and have a lot to contribute to society. The sad reality, however, is that most people don’t know enough about these kids so they fail to see how unique they are. Instead of focusing on how special needs kids are different, it’s time to highlight their gifts and strengths.