Mason was diagnosed with autism at age three. Mason’s mother Cynthia joined SPARK’s community advisory council in 2018. She talks with SPARK about her experience and why the family decided to join SPARK.
Elaine Hamilton has spent years helping families of children with disabilities, as a parent mentor, advocate, and volunteer in Ohio. So when a representative of SPARK asked her to tell others about the autism study, she quickly agreed. In fact, she did more than that: she signed up her own family.
Sandra Sermone refused to wait. She had seen her son Tony through heart surgery, a feeding tube, brain scans, countless blood tests, and medical appointments. This little boy who struggled to eat, talk, and play was getting worse. Sermone had three things: a telephone, a computer, and an inability to be discouraged. She would find an answer for what was happening to her child.
In December 2017, we asked our Facebook followers to finish this sentence: “As an adult with autism, I would like people to know …” The comments were varied, like the people who answered them, but we spotted some themes.