I was then on the way to Jacksonville to stay with friends, and midway I stopped in Roseburg where I shared an all-too-quick visit with Patsy Roberts at the Douglas Education Service District Office. She is a Behavior Specialist serving K-12 as an Autism Specialist. Patsy loaded me up with more information and resources for people to connect with in Southern Oregon either coming or going on my adventure. Without a doubt, Patsy concurred that caregivers are so weary and yet painfully unsupported. We explored the unmet need, felt connected even after a breif visit and before you know it I was on the road again feeling like I have another service provider who ‘gets’ what I am up to in my hope to serve and suppport those who love and care for someone with autism.
The drive so far has been warm, insightful, and beautiful, and especially meaningful to have time with friends I don’t see often enough. It has given me time to reflect what, if anything, to do with my curiosities about the deeper meaning of autism. It fills my heart to meet dedicated people willing to explore my curious questions about Autism and its expanding purpose. No matter what, I am blessed. It doesn’t get better than that![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]