his eyes were not able to filter outunnecessary images. When children
are very severe, often times they cannot see objects when it is
raining. They, instead, see every single rain drop. They cannot
see beyond the rain.
I also found
out that many children with autism are either hyper or hypo sensitive
with touch, sight and sound. This is why Andrew did not cry when
bitten by over 200 painful fire ants he could not feel
me that early diagnosis is the key to success for autistic children.
Those that get early intervention (before critical brain development)
can receive therapy that can make a profound improvement in the
For my entire
life I have been an artist. I had been hibernating in the house
and painting pictures for years. I sold lots of my work through
the internet, but my most prized paintings were the ones that
I did of my family.
turned 7 he had completely run out of reading material. He had
all of the rhyming books that I could find memorized. So one day
I thought to myself, Hey, I can rhyme
. Ill write
a book for Drew, myself. Illustrating the books was fun
When I completed
the book I shared it with my sons. They all loved it. My oldest
son, however, had other ideas for the book. He is a salesman just
like his daddy! He said, Hey Mom, maybe we could get the
book published! Then, we can get lots of money, live in a big
mansion and wear lots of fancy clothes. I thought
thats brilliant! But instead spending that money on frivolous
things, lets use it for something we want more. Lets
collect all the money and give it to the scientists who are trying
to find a cure for autism. We can also use it to help other children
and families affected by Autism.
of mine saw the book and thought that my cause was a worthy one.
She convinced me to fly to California with her to a book seminar.
On the final day of the seminar we were invited to walk on stage,
one by one, and share our ideas with the audience. Our idea was
suppose to start with, On Monday morning I will
I stood on stage in front of six hundred people and exclaimed,
On Monday morning I will start a new charity called, The
Out of the Rain Society funding autism research and assisting
children and families affected by autism. Id like for all
of you to find the website that I will begin to create on Monday
and buy my books and other products. Together, we can help thousand
of children with autism.
When I completed
my mini speech and started to head off stage, every person in
the entire audience rose to their feet in applause. Several people
were handing me their business cards and others were screaming
to get my attention. It was at that moment that I new what my
lifes mission was meant to be.
day I started the foundation has grown with leaps and bounds.
Much more qualified people than I are running the foundation.
I am continuing to illustrate childrens books and donate
all of the profits from the book sales to the foundation. I also
speak to as many people as are will listen to continue to build
A week before
our last charity dinner I had the urge to write down my thoughts
in thanks to so many people that have joined our cause. When I
began to write I truly believe that a higher power was speaking
through me. The poem took less than twenty minutes to write and
there was no second draft. Id like to share this poem with