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Four months after our daughter Maria was born, Jackson was diagnosed with Autism. Knowing that our chances of having another autistic kid were high, we watched Maria’s development closer than we had watched Jacksons. Like J, Maria developed very typically and as an...read more
When I participated in SARRC’s Jumpstart program I had finally found what I had been needing: a community, women in similar situations, and a guide. Through Jumpstart I received an education on topics such as: apply for and getting Division of Developmental...read more
The days after the diagnosis were a blur, filled with research, tears and lists. Endless lists. The waitlists for services for children with autism is long and seemingly endless. When my son was diagnosed they suggested that we continue the speech therapy but also...read more
After the diagnosis my friend told me about an essay that was published in 1987 titled “Welcome to Holland”. This essay gave me a lot of comfort, peace and inspiration. I have always dabbled in poetry and felt that this essay could use a little update. Below is my...read more
In 2012 our son Jackson was born and I’ll never forget the first time I looked in those crystal clear blue eyes. I held that stare, that connection for as long as I could. I couldn’t believe we had created something so beautiful, so perfect. As an academic I felt...read more
Hello and welcome to the D.A.M.E.S. blog. The goal of this blog to chronicle the beginnings of this company, to reveal why D.A.M.E.S. was created and to document my life as a mother of two differently abled children Michele and D.A.M.E.S. The Differently Abled Mothers...read more