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– Never in my whole life have I asked for money for myself or my family. I have always worked for what I have, so what I am about to do is a very humbling experience. It is however for my son, and I would do anything for him. A was diagnosed with Autism in May. He is currently three (four in October) and non verbal. Daily he melts down, can be aggressive and grinds his teeth continuously. As a mother of several kids, this has been a very painful experience, he is our everything and so amazing, but it has really changed our life. I also recognize how naive I was, I never even thought I could have a child with disabilities let alone two. Not my brightest moment, I should have been more prepared.
– Those of you that have read my blog in the past know that I am a high school teacher and my husband currently stays home with our two special needs kids. At this time there is no school in my state that does not have a two-year waiting list for my son, so my husband stopped working and takes the kids to their therapy appointments and stays up with them at night. Teachers salaries are rough in this state, we rank 49/50 states for salaries, it is a bit of a nightmare. Teaching was my calling, but now I can’t provide for my own family.
– After many tears, I have decided to leave my teaching job. I have taught at the same school for almost ten years. I recognize that my son only has me and I need to do whatever it takes to help him maximize his happiness and potential, whatever that looks like. He has the best smile 🙂 The state we are moving to has year round schools and many services including GPS trackers, I am excited, scared and grateful. We will be moving across the country in June and his therapist recommended that we create a sensory environment for him at our new home to help him adjust. The problem is that there is no way I can afford the equipment. I am reaching out for help, and it is hard. If you feel you can donate in any way, we would be grateful. I will also continue to update everyone on his progress as we make this transition. You can donate here: A Room for Angel.