Category Archives: Advocacy

April is …


April is here. It is the month that my incredible son Mateo was born, and ironically it is also Autism Awareness month. And although Autism Awareness month has had all of the best intentions it has turned many people who … Continue reading

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The numbers are in, but what does it mean for kids like Mateo?


Well the Twitter and Facebook community exploded yesterday, the numbers from the Center for Disease Control released the latest statistics for Autism in the US.  The numbers were at 1 in 110 Children, 1 in 80 boys.  The numbers released yesterday are … Continue reading

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Another hearing…more of us speaking, but are they going to listen?


It was around 8:45am, and outside of the Capitol things were quiet.  I wasn’t sure if I should wait for the people that I had invited to meet us there or go inside.  Reuben and I decided to go inside … Continue reading

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A testimonial from Maya


My daughter wanted to write a testimonial after seeing Reuben writing one today.  I received it while working at Starbucks and I couldn’t help but begin to cry. Out of pride and out of the perfect truth she spoke.  Her … Continue reading

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Making words count


As I prepare a short testimonial to present in the Senate hearing tomorrow, I am noticing the amazing progress in Mateo each day. There is so much that I want to say, I am not sure what points will make … Continue reading

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Learning about the Lanterman Act


Mateo at 2 1/2 Mateo December 2010 I never thought I would turn into an Advocate.  But as soon as Mateo was diagnosed with Autism at over 2 1/2 that is exactly what I became.  I began advocating to get … Continue reading

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A hearing, but is anyone listening?


I wiped the tears from my eyes as they approached the podium to give their stories.  I really wished I would have brought tissues because the emotional charge in the room was overwhelming. A young Autistic boy approached the podium … Continue reading

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