How TACA Helped the Marlow Family
This post was originally published here. Awearables received permission from Talk About Curing Autism and the Marlow family to share their story.
Our family has been impacted by autism in several ways. First was the diagnosis of severe autism for our middle child in 2004. We were told she would never talk to us, never be able to attend public school, and would more than likely need to be institutionalized by the time she was 12. Then came a diagnosis of severe autism for my youngest child in 2008. What I have learned in the last 14 years is that autism can be traumatic, it may be life altering, it can often be devastating, but it does not have to be a life sentence for your child. It is a label and does not tell anyone they will meet in life anything about who they are, what they love to do, and who they will ultimately become. That being said, the symptoms of autism are overwhelming for families and debilitating for the autistic individual.
There are not many organizations who provide the knowledge and resources needed to help families with autistic children attempt to overcome and/or eliminate the debilitating symptoms they deal with on a daily basis. Because of this, TACA goes above and beyond for families, even when faced with opposition from those people who do not understand the basis or mission behind what TACA does for families. It is a strong organization that has continued to grow despite the opposition and continues to hear success stories from families who have utilized the information and resources that TACA provides. If it had not been for TACA, I would not have found my daughter and I would have not been able to help my sons. As it stands today, the little girl who they said would never speak to me and would need to be institutionalized is managing in society just fine and is very rarely impacted by her earlier autism diagnosis. Our youngest son still deals with the symptoms of autism, but is doing very, very well and will continue to make progress. I would not have been able to do any of it without the support of TACA.
I realize not every family is like mine, and I would never assume that they were, but I do know that the help is there if it is wanted and that every family will be embraced if they so choose by this organization. Please consider helping TACA make a difference in the lives of families like mine. The number of children being diagnosed continues to rise, and more and more families are impacted everyday. TACA provides needed help to families who want it.
In Oklahoma, I hope to continue to make a difference for families like mine with needed assistance in food preparation and elimination, help with IEPs and services, community support, and provide necessary resources for families dealing with an autism diagnosis. Your support can make this an even bigger reality. Thank you for your support.
TACA provides education, support and hope to families living with autism so they may have the most meaningful lives possible. We know this to be true because we ARE one of the families helped by TACA.
Awearables is proud to support TACA’s work of providing education, support and empowerment for families as they seek effective treatment for autism.
When you purchase Awearables and select TACA as the nonprofit organization at checkout, Awearables will donate $1 to TACA for every item you purchase.