The following chapters collaborated together with The Arc of Massachusetts to host a forum with Congressman Joseph Kennendy III: The Arc of Bristol County, The Arc of South Norfolk and Center for Hope Foundation. Other speakers included DDS Commissioner Elin Howe, Leo Sarkissian of The Arc, and three family members who shared their stories. Click here to read more from The Sun Chronicle.
Last year, my family needed to pull together and persevere through some very difficult days. Having an aggressive, non-verbal, 13 year old son with complex medical conditions and another son, 10 years old, also with autism – meant figuring out how to balance the intensive needs of both boys and still find time for my 16 year old daughter, while working to support my family. The challenges increased with a spike in my older son’s behaviors that put him and my family at risk. His school’s systems recommendation was to place him in a residential setting. My son’s behaviors were so interruptive and dangerous that his team at his specialized school for children and adults with autism felt he was not able to learn.