The bond I feel to the kids, the staff, and the school is challenging to put into words. Every moment of connection is something that I treasure, because these kids relate in ways that are genuine.
I love this picture of me with Kevin because it shows that autism can equal affection.
Kids like Kevin have taught me about perseverance. About continuing to work for what you want even when the world doesn’t seem to “hear” you. Imagine not being able to ask for, or access what we want. Not being able to say “I’m thirsty” or “I forgot to eat breakfast this morning” — How frustrating!
These kids have taught me gratitude for the easy way I learned to brush my teeth and write my name. For being able to get by in the world with only a few stumbles as opposed to mountains to climb every day. They have taught me to look at things in a new way.
Jaimie Hoover, Executive Director
May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Woburn
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