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    Posted March 31, 2009 by
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    Autism awareness



    I met my wife in 2000 and found out she had an autistic son.  He was 13 years old at the time.  He had never met his biological father.  My wife raised him on her own for 13 years.  Justin had the mental capacity of a 3 year old at the time.  When my wife would date the ultimate test was for the suitor to met Justin.  Needless to say no one would stick around.  When my wife and I began talking I wanted to know more about Justin.  As we begin dating he tagged me with the name, boy one.  I could not imagine anyone not falling in love with this special guy.  As time went by my wife and i decided to marry.  My family took justin in as if he was my own child.  Justin change my name from boy one to daddy one.   Life became a joy and a challange.  When Justin turned 16 him and I decided to have a boys night out.  he had a 6 pack of koolaid and a package or Oreo cookies.  He suddenly got sick later that night and after a trip to the local emergency room we discovered justin was a diabetic.  His blood sugar had gotten so high that when Doctors were able to bring it down it left him with brain damage.  He know has the mental capacity of an 18 month old.  Justin completed school and with much fanfair moved into a group home.  We have seen him grow and prosper under this group home.  My wife is a spokesperson for the Autism society in our area.  Justin is a living example of how people with disablites can florish in the right situation.  I have attached a speech she does for various groups.   I have also attached a clip of Justin snow sledding.  He loves to do this.  The picture I have included is one of him at a dinner for the group he now resides with.  We never would of envisioned him in a suit.   The way the dynamics of the group home works is just fantastic to watch.


    Within the past 9 years there seems to be a greater awarness of autism.   I do not know if this is due to more diagnosis or getting the awarness on the forefront.  We may never find a cure but I know from experience there are ways to work around and thru autism.

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