This is my family and my son Shamichael has autism. He was diagnosed at 18, we were blindsided with this diagnosis because we were unaware or understood what autism was at that time. We had preconceived notions about autism, what we thought or knew about autism is what they show on TV. Either the person was a genius or obvious about objects. Being premature Shamichael was developmental delayed so he was in and out of the hospital and received physical, occupational, and speech therapy in school, and not one of his therapists said he was autistic they just said he had a slight learning disability.
When he was a senior in high school he heard something about autism and that reminded that of himself, so he came to me and I researched it myself and I agreed with him. So, my husband and I decided to get him tested and he was correct he was autistic. Even after the diagnosis he continued to graduate with a high school diploma we were so proud of him. Who would have known that a high school diploma would caused a lot of limitations. We found out organizations that are geared towards autistic people wouldn't accept him because he had a diploma. So, I decided to create a safe space for autistic children and adults a place of there own. I don't want any other child to feel lift out or punished for having a high school diploma like Mike. Even though the process has been great, we are still in need of help. We need donations, volunteers, and any other help. Please inbox, call or email anything would be greatly appreciate