What a joy and delight when Ian was born. Ian was diagnosed with autism and asthma before the age of 2. I went to some of his therapy sessions, where he learned to do puzzles and to love any type of physical play.
Santa Cruz, California
I am a proud mom of three perfectly imperfect little humans. My eldest, who is currently nine years old, has Asperger’s. It is a diagnosis that goes under the broad umbrella of Autism. Our son’s daily challenges have shifted tremendously over the years.
Will & Rebecca
My name is Aracely, and I have two Children with Developmental Delays. However, my two-year-old, Matteo, was recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the past six months. I am no stranger to disabilities in children.
Sam was born at 32 weeks and spent the first month of his life in NICU as he was going through his assessments for being born prematurely. They kept testing him to see if he was on the spectrum. Sam kept falling behind in some of the areas tested.
Jonathan & MaryJane
I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. My mom taught kindergarten, and for as long as I can remember, I wanted to help out in her class. I am ashamed to admit it, but up until that point, I had had little to no interaction with anyone who has special needs. Those kids changed my life.
Alexis, Mod to Severe Ed Specialist
I have a 12-year-old daughter with autism. We have been on the journey since Polly's diagnosis at the age of 2. Her being non-verbal is an everyday struggle as she tries to communicate using her tablet but not being able to fully express what's on her mind and in her heart.
San Leandro, California
Caroline, Director of E-Soccer
Young children are complex of needs and desires. They find themselves fed, clothed, kept clean, but that is only the beginning of what they want. They often say, "I need, I want, Give me" things, attention, and love. However, children with autism see it differently.
Rojie & Theresa, Special Ed Prof.
My brother was born when I was 4, and since that day, my identity has been caregiver, guardian, and sister to a beautiful, intensive-needs, ASD boy. I love him with all my heart. Me, I would rather the overall message of autism be "people with autism are amazing and capable and talented."
Veronica, Special Ed Prof.
In March of 2015, we had a healthy precious baby girl, Scarlett. At only a couple of days old, we realized life was not going to be easy for her or us. She was diagnosed with epilepsy, due to a rare mutation of the KCNQ2 gene - associated with the potassium channel in her brain.
Zack & Amanda
Our godson has autism and is non-verbal. It’s hard, but we’ve learned to go with the flow and work through his behaviors one step at a time. And when he laughs, gives big hugs with a huge smile on his face or shows excitement, we feel love and know that he does too!
Kyle & Malia
My favorite part about E-Sports is inspiring kids who have been touched by disabilities to play and have fun while supporting them and making sure they are comfortable in their environment. It is amazing to see kids who are not normally social to branch out a little bit and make friends.
San Leandro, California
Isiah, E-Sports Staff
The lessons I learned spending time with the family shaped my understanding of ABA as well as how much intense love and care, a family can give to their on-spectrum child.