Autism in Love is a documentary which follows several adults on the autism spectrum who are searching for love/found love. It airs tonight on PBS. As a mom to a child with autism, I am intrigued. A few years ago, my son said to me, "I want someone to love." I'm not sure if he was recalling something in a movie/story he had just seen or if this was a current/ future thought or feeling. This could have been a gentle request for a pet too. In any case, I reassured him that our family loves him very much and that he can love us for now. Trying to live in the moment most of the time, but of course I think about his future. I am preparing myself with information now about topics such as: guardianship, SSI, and maintaining long-term care services later on while he's working and studying. We have several weekly therapies paid for by DDD and numerous additional therapies paid for privately and/or with his educational scholarship. We work on social skills EVERY possible second. As he grows older, there will be even more social stories and dating questions. To think about it now can start to feel overwhelming. Will he be able to live independently? Will he get married? Everyone deserves love. I hope others will tune into this documentary. Another good one, also seen on PBS with Independent Lens, is Rachel's Story. It's an eye opening account of one family's search for housing for their adult daughter with Special Needs. Be sure to grab the Kleenex:)
It's on my watch list for tonight and I have the DVR set. I too wonder and worry about these same things. Who will love my challenging girl someday? Who will love her and care for her AND not take advantage of her when I'm gone? So much to think about as we watch our children grow.
I am just now seeing this post, so obviously, I've missed the airing, but I'm going to look it up. So many questions for us mommas... I still thing an owner's manual would make this child raising thing so much easier!
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