I still remember the day I heard those sobering, challenging and, to me, life-changing words. No day since has been the same.
After my son was diagnosed, it soon became apparent that I would need to quit my job in the corporate world and focus on him and his world—full time. So I became a mom-in-the-trenches, dedicated to a one-person cause that would eventually grow into a many-person cause which we now call Autism Resource Mom.
I’ve committed myself over the years to learning, understanding and sharing the most effective ways to nurture, protect and prepare a child with autism. Strategies with the potential to reap great rewards for our kids, parents and families. Strategies which have energized the programs and services that Autism Resource Mom provides.
Debora Smith is an author, speaker, volunteer and founder of Autism Resource Mom. The past president of The Orange County Asperger’s Support Group is a member of the Interagency Autism Group and the Orange County Autism Regional Taskforce, and serves as secretary and board member of the Educational Foundation for Independence. When Debora’s not pursuing her passion of “helping our kids gain acceptance in the world and feel comfortable in their own skin,” she’s helping prepare son Drew for life on his own.