Affirmations: The Proud Mother of a Spectrum University Student

Our Executive Director, Debra Vines - recently received an email from the mother of one of our Spectrum University Students and it just warmed my heart and made my day.  So much so... that I just had to share.

Hi Debra, 

We just want to thank you for Spectrum University. Although we were happy already with the fact that Corey learned how to read and write before he aged out of school, we are thrilled that the learning didn't stop there. School gave him the tools to help his preference for written expression over verbal communication, but SU has taken him a step further. Now he understands how to use those tools to get what he wants.


If I had to give it a name, I would call it a growth spurt. Suddenly, Corey is leaving hand written notes for things he wants us to know. They say he is happy, he is a grown up, and he has needs. This is all we ever wanted to know, but were uncertain because of his limited communication skills. I have attached one of his letters about an outing he had with his respite worker. He also writes notes on an activity calendar we have when he wants to go places. Apparently this week, its a trip to see Disney on Ice. How could we say no?

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I sincerely hope that you enjoyed that story, and as part of our commitment to making sure you know; who we arewhat we do, and how you can help... we invite you to VISIT US HERE whenever your spirit moves you - where you can get to know thoughtful, committed citizens like The Smith Family as well as some of our other Program Directors, Board Members, Families, and Community Building Partners who have already made a commitment to "Being A Part of The Answer."

It is commonly believed that if you are not a part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem... or as we like to put it - if you are not being a part of the answer then you are likely to become a part of the problem. My hope is that you will continue "Being A Part Of The Answer" by Opening Your Heart To Autism Today, and supporting THIS YEAR'S WALKATHON.

With state budgets being cut regularly, it is only through your support that we are able to continue in our commitment to being The Best Autism Awareness and Support Agency in the Chicagoland Area and to continue delivering on our promises to the families that we serve.  

Remember that a portion of your contribution is tax deductible and your kindness never goes unrewarded my friend. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at 708- 296-5651.

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