A Brighter Side To ASD, Inc (ABS2ASD) is a parent organization that has been working to HIGHLIGHT the progress, ACCOMPLISHMENTS, and SUCCESS of the Autism community of Hampton Roads, Virginia by providing platforms which allows their talents to shine and be recognized. Since 2015, ABS2ASD has presented monthly support group meetings, Holiday events each December, Health Info-Sessions, Information Seminars in April, partnerships with other special needs organizations that sponsor various sporting programs, dances and classes. We participated in the 2016 Youth Rip the Runway Fashion Show, the 2017, 2018 Red Heartbeat Gala, both promoting Autism Inclusion. Since 2015 we have hosted the Annual Awesomely Autistic Art Show that highlights the Artistic skills of the Autism Community.
ABS2ASD was created in 2015 from a burning flame that evolved and grew into a passion from dealing with the ups and downs of the Autism journey with my son who was 20 at the time. Je'Quan (aka Boodah) stepped into a new phase called adulthood. His father and I worked so hard for many years to provide him with the skills he needed to achieve many milestones that included being a long time student at New Horizons Center For Autism from 2001-2014. He excelled at many programs throughout his time and grew very close to the staff. He moved on to Graduation from the mainstream program at Kecoughtan High School in June 2015; being a faithful community volunteer with Abu Unity Foundation since 2013. Since 2008 on and off he was my Sues/Prep Chef, executing catering jobs of at least 50. He had the skills but unfortunately the system wasn't providing the opportunity for his skills to be exposed. That's where the journey begin; I refused to watch him sit on the couch!!
To continue HIGHLIGHTING the BRIGHTER SIDE to LIVING with AUTISM by providing support, resources, creating platforms for these exceptional individuals to discover and explore their strengths and expose their talents to show they are valuable members of society with so much to offer while providing families with hope for the future!
To HIGHLIGHT the Brighter Side of living with Autism by showing their abilities outweigh the disability.
To promote Autism Awareness by educating the public of the value individuals diagnosed with Autism can have in society.
Our Purpose is to HIGHLIGHT the talent, progress, accomplishments, and success of the Autism community of Hampton Roads, Virginia.
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