Rehabilitating Autism Daily dba Real Autism Difference
10624 S. Eastern Ave., #A-425
Henderson, NV 89052-6723
Text the word: RADNV To: 72727
I grew up with a younger brother with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are only one and a half years apart, so I have always felt extremely close to him. Initially, he was a remarkably high functioning child and was even able to do second-grade math at the age of 4 years old. We used to socialize and play together and were nearly inseparable. When he turned five, everything changed for me and my family. We took a cruise to the Western Caribbean and visited countries such as Belize and Guatemala. When we returned, my brother developed an extremely high fever for about a week, leading to a progressive decline in functioning.
We spent a lot of resources and time on intensive therapy and treatment. We have seen some recovery of his function, but he was never able to fully reacquire his abilities. The extreme lack of available resources in Southern Nevada for children with autism was a contributing factor in my brother's inability to fully recoup his functioning. Seeing my family struggle through this process over the years led me to question what I could do to help my brother and other children like him. I started researching other organizations and educated myself on what was available and what was lacking. I started thinking about how I could make a Real Difference in the lives of children with Autism. Over the past year, I have been working on organizing and establishing RAD: making a Real Autism Difference. For my 16th birthday, I decided to launch RAD to start my journey in helping other children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.