Liv with Autism Foundation - a 501c3 Non Profit Organization Promoting Autism Awareness
Our Mission:
 
Our mission is to promote autism awareness, improve the lives of those living with autism, help individuals with autism spectrum disorders find employment and assist those family members and caregivers in finding information to help them in their journey through the world of autism.
 
 
WELCOME TO HOLLAND
This is written by BY EMILY PERL KINGSLEY, the mother of an incredibly special boy with Down Syndrome
 
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability-to try to help people who  have not shared that "unique" experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this....
 
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful plans. The COLISEUM, THE MICHELANGELO-DAVID. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
 
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "WELCOME TO HOLLAND"! 
 
HOLLAND?? You say. "What do you mean Holland"? I signed up for Italy!! But there's been a change in flight plans. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay".
 
"The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, filthy, disgusting place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place"!
 
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole NEW LANGUAGE. And you will meet a whole NEW GROUP OF PEOPLE, you would never have met!
 
It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there a while and catch your breath, you look around, and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills.  Holland has tulips. Holland even has REMBRANDTS!!
 
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy and they're bragging about what a wonderful time they had there and for the rest of your life, you will say, YES, that's where I was
supposed to go. That's what I planned! And the PAIN of that will NEVER, EVER, EVER go away, because the loss of the DREAM is a very significant loss. But if you spend your life MOURNING the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about "HOLLAND".
 
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