Every day we hear stories, or get letters, from parents of children on the Autism Spectrum (like the one below) who have received help from our valued donors to be able to take a Son-Rise Program or Option Institute Course. After their attendance in these programs, the impact is often life-changing. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED LOVE AND SUPPORT.
“YOU, my wonderful friend, have changed my life in so many ways that there is not enough paper in the world to list all you have done for me and my family.
“You see, I am the mother of three children, all on the Autism Spectrum. Before I heard of The Son-Rise Program® and the Option Institute, I was a desperate, angry, and depressed person. I was a victim of my circumstances. There was no hope in my life. I mean, I had THREE children with Autism!
“I had no prospect of any future for any of my children so why even bother to help them or myself? I was on anti-depressants, sleeping multiple hours of the day, and for a period of time, using alcohol to run away from my pain.
“I heard from a friend of a program called The Son-Rise Program for children with Autism. She took this program in February of that year. I just could not believe how much she had changed and she just kept telling me that I needed to take it because this is a program unlike any other that offers you hope. I called to find out more about it and thought ‘this is for me!’ It turned out that I could not afford it and I thought that it was going to be impossible for me to get there. You see, raising one child with Autism is very expensive but raising three is just outrageously expensive with all the therapies and dietary interventions that we were doing.
“Then I was offered a full scholarship to take The Son-Rise Program Start-Up. I intended that these people were going to show me how to ‘fix’ my kids. What I learned was that although they will give me the tools to help me with my children, it was ME who needed to change. To fully accept my children as they are and to learn to love myself. I went home and just started to work on myself first. I found that when I decided to change, my children then started changing. I became the example of what I wanted them to be!
“I have taken all of The Son-Rise Programs as well as many personal growth programs offered by the Option Institute. Because of your most generous support, my children are recovering from Autism, I am recovering, and our family dynamic has changed dramatically. Had it not been for your donation, I would not have been able to attend ANY of these classes. I have found happiness in my life! I am no longer on anti-depressants and I have so much more energy.
“YOU are the reason that my family is in recovery. It is because of YOU, that my oldest son now is enjoying school. YOU are the reason my second son is speaking. YOU are the reason my daughter is no longer as rigid and controlling as she once was. Thank you does not even begin to cover how much gratitude I have for you. I thank God every day for you and I do not even know you.”
With so much love,
–Kerry, mother of three beautiful children
with Autism: Jack, Max, and Jamie, Ohio