As a mother, I will never give up on my child. As a mother of a child who has autism, I will never give up hope.
I look into his eyes and I see all the potential that he has to offer to this beautiful world and I just know that one day the world can see what I see.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Never to graduate?

We we’re happy when we originally told that our school board would be developing an integrated classroom plan for Bryce, and that he would attend class with the regular student body.

Although a struggle, A LONG struggle, we we’re finally able to get Bryce a Supported Educational Assistant (SEA) to attend class with him and assist with his learning. The long struggle is certainly a post for another day, and there is some discussion in parts of the Bryce’s Story if your interested.

As part of attending elementary school we assumed he would be able to graduate, even accepting he may have to repeat grades or may learn at a much slower pace.

During our very first meeting with the school, we we’re presented a document prepared by the school, that all in all basically said, your son will never graduate. The plan is to teach life skills necessary to use in day to day life, but there would be little focus on academics, and he would not be working on the same curriculum as his classmates.

This was very upsetting and disappointing for us…

We see how much potential Bryce has, and how intelligent he can be. Watching other videos from teenagers with autism about their experiences growing up, being ‘trapped’ inside and unable to communicate and relate to the external world.

We can only dream that reaching our funding goal for HBOT will change Bryce’s life so significantly that he can graduate… An activity that every developing child should have the opportunity to do. I have so much hope that the treatment will allow Bryce to be released from his shell, to expand out and share his interests and talents with the world. It’s disappointing that the medical community in large part accepts a standard of care for autism, as a do-nothing standard of care. We know from statistics that only 30% of children that receive the treatment are significantly impacted and that 25% of children see almost no improvement. But imagine if Bryce is in the 30%? We can. That is why we appreciate all the donations we have received, and are so very thankful to all those in the future that will donate to help us reach our goal.

We can’t wait to post the daily videos of Bryce’s progress in the treatment, and we have to remain hopeful that it WILL change Bryce’s life!


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