My goal is to bring a smile to the faces of parents raising children with disabilities. As a parent raising our son Devin with Autism, I can relate to the struggles that families may have. One of my learning lessons from Devin is patience. I’ve learned through a lot of prayers that I must take it one day at a time and not get caught up in the future.
I decided to enjoy my life during our struggles. I learned to celebrate Devin’s accomplishments. I stop measuring him against his peers and only focused on his accomplishments. Devin can read, write, draw, sing, whistle, and so much more. I’m so proud of him. I’ve learned that limits exist in the mind. So, I threw the limiting ideas out the window and kept an open mind.
Devin’s strength is that he is a visual learner so I try to implement tools to help him learn much faster. Riding his mini scooter at the age of three was very challenging for him. He would step up and then step down. I even rode it around the house to show him how to correctly do it. Unfortunately, he wasn’t catching on to it. On YouTube, I found a video about kids riding on their scooters. He saw it and immediately mimicked the activity. What an accomplishment!
We sometimes get lost in our day to day activities and the stress can be overwhelming. I want parents of children with a disability to know there’s someone thinking about them. Our plan is to deliver something special to the families in the community to bring a smile to their face and brighten their day.
I have a mission to build the community through:
Autism Awareness – My passion stems from raising my 8-year-old son with autism. I’ve joined Parent to Parent of New York State as a Support Parent to help other families who are raising children with a disability.
Veteran Mentorship – After serving 23 years in the military and retired at the rank of Major, I am committed to supporting our troops. I’ve partnered with Saratoga County Veterans Peer to Peer Connection as a mentor to continue supporting our veterans.