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A Safe Place for Bean

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My son, age 5, before the trials of trying to be a young adult with Autism crashed all around him.
My son, age 5, before the trials of trying to be a young adult with Autism crashed all around him.

I just posted this article on my Facebook regarding the 10 Life Lessons learned from a Navy Seal. There’s some good stuff in there. I’m particularly enamored with Life Lesson #2:  If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle. Like any elite unit, the Navy Seals work as a team. As a parent, I need a team, too; especially since I have a child with Autism. The Life Lessons from the Navy Seals article is additionally apropos because I’m looking for folks to help me paddle right now.

I haven’t really publicly come out and talked here on my blog about my special-needs son. I’ve tried hard to keep his situation as private as possible and for him alone to speak/write about it. However, when people tell you that parenting takes a village, they’re not freaking kidding. His situation obviously affects me. It affects my whole family. It affects our neighbors, and community. To that end, I can and will speak about it.

Here’s the story:

I am a parent of one of the 50,000 young adults affected by Autism who turned 18 in the last year. I am here because I need help. Help that is unavailable through other venues. So I’m turning to you, my friends, community, even strangers to hopefully receive that help.

Studies and those of us living on the front lines of #LifewithAutism know that services and employment 

Ask anyone in the Autism community and they will tell you that the understanding of this mental and emotional disorder is difficult for others to understand 

I’m approaching my son’s launch into adulthood in the same manner. I’m trying to fund a used travel trailer that we can keep on our property to house him in. It would allow him a safe place to begin understanding life on his own, while still being under the watchful eye of his family. We have tried other avenues of helping him live independently, seeking/maintaining employment, and it unfortunately lead to near-disastrous results.

The money raised here would be used to purchase, tow, and set up the trailer on the property of our family’s home. If Bean is successful in moving from this type of living arrangement to something more traditional, we would keep the trailer as a fall-back plan. If Bean proves to have longevity in his success of living independently, then our aim is to perhaps provide this trailer to another family dealing with a young adult with Autism.

#LifewithAutism is difficult, to say it politely. This small bit of support would help make it less difficult and may even be the launch pad to get Bean soaring to a successful adult, independent life.


Thanks to those who got this far and didn’t click away with a tl:dr attitude. My hope is that this campaign is successful and that we’re able to baby-step Bean into independent living. If that’s the case, I’ll so happily be blogging about how I need to find a home for another Autistic young adult to use the trailer we fund through this effort. If you want to help, here’s the fundraising site and further information where you can learn how to and perhaps be moved to help. Any little bit is appreciated.

We’re floored at the support that is already coming in; but, there is still a ways to go. Please share this link with any and all. Asking for my friends, readers, community, and yes, even strangers, to help me paddle through the waters of caring for a young adult with Autism is not easy for me; but, it’s clear that if we’re to be successful in helping Bean, that’s what I had to do. Thank you for visiting, reading, and caring.





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