2012, the Center for Disease Control reported that 1 in every 88 children will be diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined! Since there is not a cure, this means that every one of these individuals and their families must live with autism for the rest of their life. Autism is an epidemic that likely impacts someone you know. Since there is not a cure, this means that every one of these individuals and their families must live with autism for the rest of their life.
Our daughter was born in 1996 and diagnosed as being moderately autistic in 2003. She cannot speak, she cannot care for her daily living needs and she does not easily fit into today’s society. What she can do is hum a song to tune, run, laugh and play. She knows what she likes and what she does not like. I strongly believe that she understands much of the world around her but is unable to speak or communicate her thoughts. When she is happy, you know it!
While our daughter’s world is often her own, there are times throughout the day where she seeks to be near or play with others. It is obvious that she wants so badly to be included. When her sisters have friends over to play, she follows them everywhere wanting to be in the middle of action, even if that means sitting in the center of a kickball game.
It was with this in mind, that we established Life Center for Autism Foundation, a 501(C)3 non–profit foundation, to specifically address the social needs of individuals struggling with autism and its related disorders.
It is our dream that the foundation would build an activity center where individuals, family members and caregivers could share, socialize and engage in activities. A place where individuals, despite their autistic behaviors, could develop friendships and be accepted. It would be a gathering and support location for those that struggle with autism and its related disorders. It would be a meeting area for local and national agencies to communicate their message. It would be a place that emphasizes health and wellness, despite physical or developmental disabilities.
It would be a place where no one feels alone.
David and Deborah May
Board of Directors
Life Center for Autism Foundation