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Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

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Now that I’m well into my 60’s, a great concern becomes the well-being of my autsitic boys (now aged 19) after we go.  These types of articles don’t help:


Manalapan Mayor To Gov: Shut Mental Health Facility Down

A private mental health home is infested with bed bugs, cockroaches, has sewage backing up in bathtubs and needs to be closed, she says.

By Carly Baldwin, Patch Staff


What is “Silver & Seeds”, you may ask?  It is my wife’s vision.  A soon to be 501(c)(3) non-profit that will look to bring creative job opportunities to young autistic adults.

It will focus on fine motor skills in a peaceful setting that will allow the young man/woman to choose whatever job most inspires them.  This could involve fine bead work, or working with flower seeds or even cement & porcelain mixtures.  The idea is to match the task with whatever interests the employee that day.

It will provide both meaningful and creative employment to young autistic adults who have aged out of the school system.

It will being in beta form next year (2019).  The initial location will be Central New Jersey.  The goal is to add additional chapters once we have had a chance to finalize all the proper procedures and protocols in both a written and video instructional course training manual.

The vision is to provide a fun & creative work haven for the autistic employee as well as a trusted & welcome respite for their parents.

More details to follow.

The most nagging fear for any autistic parent is what happens to your kids when you’re gone (or at least no longer able to care for them).   The shortage of adult housing has been well documented.  The nation’s appetite for taking care of the less fortunate is probably at an all time low.

I’m writing this as a wake up call to myself.  Over the next five years, I need to develop a plan, a realistic plan to take the boys through adulthood.  That starts with housing, but includes vocational work, a sense of purpose, as happy a life as they can possible have.


All I need now is a plan. housing

With this plan and the prospect of voting for Donald Trump, I may do in November what I thought I would never do; vote for Hillary.


A touching story from The Cincinnati Enquirer on one family’s struggle with their son’s autism.