“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” John Shedd.
Every day, I need to remind myself that my kids cannot stay in the harbor.
I am the mother of two adult children with autism (Will and Mary), and one adult child (Patty) who struggles with issues surrounding her brother and sister. My husband, Ralph, has been very involved. Since my children are really starting out in life/transition to jobs, the names have been changed to protect the innocent.
Will and Mary are very high functioning young adults with autism. There are a lot of them around. At the time of their entry into the world of special education, they were both labeled as mentally impaired, with a subset of other labels. Later, the diagnosis of autism covered most of their labels. Will has a Bachelor’s degree in computers and Mary has a Bachelors in Accounting. I will be writing about the transition, the struggles, and the successes in our lives. I will also be writing about the issues that my younger daughter has been dealing with. She is currently attending college.
Will has transitioned since I began this blog to a job with a large IT corporation and in the process, moved away from home. Mary currently works a part-time job at a homeless shelter (6 hours a week) in the accounting department. She is currently taking a computer certification class to broaden her skills. Her goal is to get a full time job and be able to move away from home. Patty graduated from college in May with a major in History and minor in Economics. She is taking a year off to prepare grad school, and working as a TA at the college she graduated from.
“I Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”