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By now, most of us in the ‘community’ will have seen Eve Reele’s video detailing what life is like for the parent of an autistic child. Having had some experience of this with my step-daughter, I have had various chats on the subject with Eve, ... More ...

By now, most of us in the ‘community’ will have seen Eve Reele’s video detailing what life is like for the parent of an autistic child.
Having had some experience of this with my step-daughter, I have had various chats on the subject with Eve, wherein I learned something that I think we can all help with.

Cars.


Most of us probably take them for granted.
Some of us need them.
Most of us have one.
Some of us don’t.
One of us specifically doesn’t have one, but needs one.

One that will cost around $2000-4000


During some chats with Eve over time, and particularly recently, I found out that the last time she had a car was last year but the head gasket went on it.  Public transportation with Zac is a big ‘no-no’ and it also takes a lot of time considering that the buses only run at certain time periods in Eve’s part of the world.  In other words a place that is 30 mins away, and where Zac has an appointment may take 3 hours to get there as the bus takes about an extra 30 mins to get to a 30 min destination because of all the stops AND it only runs at set times so Eve would have to get at the stop at least two hours before the appointment to make sure they get there on time.
As you can imagine, having a car to get all 3 kids around is preferable, and although it may be seen as a luxury, it’s not in this case as it’s a necessity.


Eve receives 2 disbursements during the year for her college financial aid, one September and one in February, and also uses that money to get the kids school stuff with. As a car is a necessity, she will have to use her college disbursements to buy one, which leaves her with no money for the kids Christmas or to pay any bills ahead of time.

 
Eve has to try and find a car this September, and I know that she is extremely worried about that, because every year she has been using school money for her kids clothes and Christmas.  This year she won't have it because she needs a car badly now that she has all of the services Zac requires, and needs to get to them.
Eve is currently living off of a small amount each week besides the school money.  That is why this summer when she doesn’t attend school she is more strapped for cash.

Zac’s Medicaid pays for some transportation to appointments but it's a hassle to deal with and when his school starts he will have to miss whole school days just to go, and it doesn’t provide transportation for Zac’s siblings as they don't get free transportation to their appointments.
It would be different if Eve lived downtown, as they could easily walk places then but Zac hates buses full of people, due to his autism. Eve stresses all the time and wonders if things will pan out.

So, no fancy videos, which was my first idea, just a straightforward appeal to everyone, to see what we can do.

In an ideal world we can raise $4000. But as we don't live in that sort of world, anything we can do will help, unless of course someone has a car to donate?


At a time when there has been a lot of drama and negative stuff flying around google plus and youtube, I thought that this may be a chance for us ALL, whichever 'side' of the great debate we may be on, to do something positive close to home, and keep Zac, his siblings and their mum smiling and laughing.

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