My Thoughts….My Words

Bri as a toddler

Bri as a toddler

Fireman Bri

Fireman Bri

I always assume so many things…..and I guess that is a bad thing at times.  As I was sitting through the parent orientation at Brian’s school tonight, and the subjects of HIPPA and student confidentiality were discussed, I thought I should probably make it clear that this blog contains only my views and thoughts.  These words are mine, and mine alone.  Also, in regards to Brian’s classmates or schoolmates, I will never divulge any information about any of them without the permission of their parents.  So if you ever hear me talk about another child, know that I am only talking about them because their parents said I could.

Say What?!?!?!

Say What?!?!?!

I will also be talking about The Riley Center a lot because my son attends school there.  That however does not mean that they support or approve the things I say.  So I just want everyone to know, that this blog and the facebook page are my thoughts, my words, my ideas, my dreams and my hope for Bri.

1st day of preschool

1st day of preschool

With that said, I have a lot of visions for my “Life of Bri” blog.  One of the main reasons I am continuing the blog is to raise autism awareness and help as many individuals on the spectrum as I can, especially my sweet Bri.  I will always be a voice for Bri and others like him, so they have a chance to be heard, loved, and helped.  Even though we know Bri is very smart, he is still on the lower side of the spectrum and still requires a lot of help.  While I have so much hope for Bri, I think I would be doing a disservice to myself if I let myself think that he’s not going to need help the rest of his life, because he most likely will.  I want him to be as independent as possible, but I also want to make sure that I’m behind him 110% of the time providing him with any type of support that will enable him to have the happiest and most successful life possible…..exactly what every other parent wants for their child.  Bri may need different types of supports, but he’s exactly like every other child in this world and he should have just as many, if not more, chances to succeed.

Future Doctor?

Future Doctor?

I am, and will continue to be, extremely passionate about fundraising for The Riley Center.  While many children just need some social skills and will be transitioned into a typical classroom, my son will most likely be at The Riley Center throughout his entire education because his needs are so great.  Therefore, I will do my part to get the word out about what an incredible place it is and will raise as much money for them as I can.  Their services are expensive but that is because of the quality of education, therapy and staff they provide.  Their student to therapist/teacher ratio is unheard of at any other school, so you definitely get what you are paying for!  The staff that works there is truly the best of the best and I know what an incredible blessing it is that Bri can go to school there.

Train Lover!!

Train Lover!!

One of my hopes for this blog is to help spread the word, get community and businesses to take notice and all join together to help the members of our community that need it the most, our children, get the help they so desperately need!  The school/clinic is small and while they serve the largest autism population in Huntsville and the surrounding areas, they could help so many more with community support.  So get ready for some “Life of Bri” help in raising the support and funds needed to serve an even bigger population!

I have many other things in mind for this blog, but I’m only one person and I know it takes time to get noticed.  So be patient as I not only share Bri’s story and journey, but also try and reach out to the community to help support some of the most brilliant minds of the future.

 

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