Michael dedicates his puzzle piece to…..
My first view into the world of Autism was a child of a friend. I was always kind and never really thought of him any differently than any other person that I ever met. Years down the road I would learn that I was going to be a father. The father of a boy who we later found out was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. More diagnosis would come, ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, Language disorders and so on and through it all he kept pushing on. He has seen doctors, neurologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and counselors. He has made great strides. Non-verbal till the age of 4, overcoming the start of school, repeating the first grade, and now he is a straight “A” student. He is a helper to his teacher and the peers around him. He stands tall and participates in many school activities such as UIL, Student Council, and anything he can volunteer for. He is always giving back to a school who has given so much to him.
In the end he has shown us that no matter what life throws at you, nothing can hold you down. He is a motivator and a helper when you need it. He will stand next to you though the end, and even when you are ready to give up he will not. Nicolas has creativity, humor and a personality that will make you love him from the moment you meet him. I am truly blessed as a father to have him as my son.
Nicolas has motivated me to be the best at what I do. I am a licensed paramedic, and I am a soldier for the Texas Army National Guard. I continue to go to college to achieve more knowledge in my field which allows me to educate other people about autism and give resources that are out there for people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. I have made many connections with people who had no idea that organizations such as Crossroads Autism Network exist to help them through their journey.
Thanks to Nicolas, I have traveled a journey with him. I am so blessed to call him my son. I have learned a lot and been able to share my knowledge with the people I have met along the way. We have all talked about our experiences and about the great questions that have perplexed us. As a community we can make it through all the good times and turbulent times, and we do it as a family. A family that cares for one another and shares with one another.