In 2010 our family welcomed twins, Edward and Celia, to join big brother Quentin in outnumbering us adults. Sadly, at not even two weeks old, Celia became sick with meningitis. The next two weeks were a living nightmare for us, Celia began having seizures and had to be transferred to the PICU. We didn't know if she would make it, but our warrior girl pulled through.
Since then, Celia has faced many challenges. She was diagnosed with developmental delay and microcephaly as an infant. At age 3 years a formal dianosis of autism was added to her repertoire. She has worked so hard to do the things that other children take for granted (walking, feeding herself, communicating, etc). With the help of many doctors, therapists and teachers (Asheville Pediatrics, Carolina Pediatric Therapy, WNC Best, and now the Grotto at St. Gerard House), our sweet girl has fought every day to gain skills and milestones.
Autism has changed all of our lives and we are so grateful for the support of wonderful organizations, like the Autism Society of North Carolina. Please consider supporting Celia, Asheville Pediatrics, and ASNC as we walk (we won't be running) to raise awareness and support for all families and children touched by autism.
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The Autism Society of North Carolina is the leading statewide resource organization serving people across the autism spectrum throughout their lifespans.
We understand the challenges of the autism community because we work with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families every day. We offer advocacy, training and education, and direct care that helps individuals with autism to, increase their social and communication skills, develop independent-living skills, succeed in school or on the job, participate in community activities, and advocate for themselves.
We have a statewide network of resources, connecting individuals with autism and their families to life-changing programs and supports unavailable anywhere else.
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