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Autism: A Different Kind of Gift
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The WJP Foundation is a non-profit in support of Autism. We educate the public on Autism Spectrum Disorder, provide support to parents with autistic children, and advocate for children diagnosed with ASD and developmental disabilities associated with ASD.

The WJP Foundation is a non-profit organization in support of Autism. We educate the public on Autism Spectrum Disorder, provide support to parents with autistic children, and advocate for children diagnosed with ASD and developmental disabilities associated with ASD.

Founded by Bonita Parker, this foundation is in honor of her son, William J. Parker who was pre-assessed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in January 2016 at the age of 9.  

Is that considered too late - some may ask?

Well .... William was born - clinically a very healthy baby. Within 2 hours after being born, he suffered what doctors would call "inability to sustain life outside of the womb" and ended up on life support for 3 months.  It started with his initial feeding where he developed a stomach virus and his inability to breath.  After 7 days of treatment and his situation getting worse, he was transported to Children's Hospital's NICU where he spent 83 days on life support.  After a magnitude of tests, blood work, and examinations by medical specialists, the doctors could not find anything medically wrong with William as all the tests were coming mysteriously back normal.  We were finally told that nothing more could be done for him but prayer and a hope that he would fight his way back.  Should he survive, he would more than likely suffer from cerebral palsy - at best. Defeated and having come to grips with "losing" my son, I called my family and close friends and we gathered and prayed and said our goodbyes.  Depressed and grief-stricken, I got a call 3 days later from the hospital telling me to "come quickly."  I dreaded the moment because in my mind, that was the end.  When I arrived, the nurse met me at the front desk, held my hand, and walked me to my son's crib.  When I looked down - the tubes that were up his nose and in his chest were gone, the huge machine that controlled his breathing was removed, and for the first time - I saw his eyes. He was alive ... and kicking!  And I finally got to hold him in my arms.

Why did I wait so late to have him assessed ......

While I saw questionable characteristics as he began to develop as a toddler, I had an excuse and something else to "blame" them on.  I told everyone that his characteristics was the result of what he had gone through at birth - thats all - nothing more. And it wasn't until recently that I decided to take a closer look and face reality.  William was pre-assessed by his pediatrician as having ASD in January 2016.

Today, we advocate for parents like me by letting them know that nothing is WRONG with their child - they are very capable, intelligent little people who simply learn different than most.  The primary issue that parents face (myself included) is getting the educational support that your child needs to excel. Our foundation will implement medical resources, educational programs and activities to aid in the intellectual growth and mental stimulation of the autistic child; and also provide support groups and services for parents.   

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