Our presentation starts with Lauri (Lindsey's mom) talking about Lindsey and Brittany's diagnoses and how they affected and continue to affect the family. Lauri speaks to the importance of effective communication and relationships with educators, doctors, and family.
Brittany (Lindsey's sister), speaks next. She shares what it is like to be a sibling of a sister with autism. In addition, she shares how her own diagnoses of epilepsy, mental health concerns, a learning disability and an eating disorder not only further complicated the family's daily life, but are also a reminder that autism is not the only special need that can affect families. Brittany engages the audience in an interactive social simulation.
Our presentation concludes with Lindsey, a 100% independent adult living with autism. She shares what it was like growing up living with autism and anxiety. Her experiences include moments of hardship, celebration, acceptance and ultimately hope.