Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Help Us Help a Local Family #autism

If you have a child with special needs, you know how hard it can be to get your child set up in a school. You have IEP meetings, struggles with teachers, parents, and school staff all trying to find the best way to meet the child's needs and still get everyone through day. If you have child with autism, you know that change is not a good thing.

A local family is dealing with both of these factors. For their privacy, we are not making their identity public, but I do know them personally, and I know that Mom and Dad only want what's best for their son. Dad was laid off in December. The Boy is ten, and because of his particular issues, has never been able to attend one complete school year at one school.

The Boy is now at a school where things are working for him. Dad does have a few job prospects, but they do not seem to be in a hurry to give him an answer one way or another. As of right now, the family will have to move out-of-state to live with family until Dad can find a job. This will mean that The Boy will have to leave his school and start a new one with just two months left in the school year.

Our local support group has set up a fundraiser to raise the money to get them through the end of the school year. (Prayers that Dad would find a job before then would be fabulous, too.) The family did not ask for money, but they are aware of the fundraiser. (I also asked permission before writing this blog post.) All money goes directly to them and does not even pass through the hands (or accounts) of the organizers (although I know them personally, too, and they're completely trustworthy).

Any and all help is greatly appreciated. This is a family that doesn't hesitate to help others, as I can personally attest. If you would like to donate, the link is below. You can also help by passing this on.

Fundraiser name: We Love The Boy
Why: To help The Boy complete a full year at his school for the first time in his life.
Uses: Living expenses to help The Boy's family stay where they are so The Boy can stay at his current school, with the services that are working well for him.

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