A brief introduction: My wife Natalie and I live in Bergen County, New Jersey, are proud parents of our son Jonathan. When he was first born, we knew very little if anything about "Autism". Over the 29 years of Jonathan’s life, we’ve gotten more involved with Autism than we could have ever foreseen or imagined.
Natalie and I are also co-founders and Trustees of Post 21 Club, the same group of parents that have continuously helped bring about positive change in Bergen County since our founding in 2004, and also helped raise awareness- not only with regard to Autism, but the amazing potentials that lie under the surface. Each day, all of us benefit from the contributions of Adults with Autism. Like everyone, their successes grow out of the efforts of individuals as well as their families and communities. In order to optimize their chances for success, we need a vibrant flow of information, conversation and communication throughout the Autism community, and also raise the awareness of our elected representatives in government. (To help accomplish that, we've created and continue to develop this first interactive Autism Community website.)
We also need increasingly relevant programs that better meet our population's true needs.
What are these "true needs?" What we have learned is that every affected individual is a complete person inside, with fascinating goals and aspirations. It's important and exciting to reach in, discover, and liberate these "inner people"! Then they can fully become who they were meant to be.
It is important that those of us who care for those of us around people with Autism reject preconceptions and misconceptions about people with Autism, and make a decision to uncover their real inner potentials, desires, needs, aspirations, and goals.
If you think it's not possible that they have these attributes, think again.
Today, there are many people on the Autism Spectrum who have emerged as vibrant and unusual thinkers, scientists, artists, technicians, writers, and speakers, who owe some or most of their emergence to the assistance of those around them who love, support, and assist them. There are so many more who want and need to emerge, enjoy the richness of life, and contribute their unique views and talents to our communities and our planet. (Note that some of these very notable and accomplished individuals remain nonverbal!)
We invite you to explore this website, and if you like what you see and the potential for what the website itself can become, please step forward and let us know how you might like to participate in our evolution.
Please join us in our Final and Greatest Frontier...
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