Lydia is a young woman who has autism. Like many on the spectrum, there is great disparity in what she thinks, and what she is able to express verbally. She has speech, but it comes and goes, depending on how taxed she is.
Lydia is a college grad, but has had trouble finding employment she can navigate successfully due to all of her sensory issues and often a lack of understanding among co-workers and employers. I have learned a great deal about autism from Lydia.
So anyway….there is a fund raiser in progress to help Lydia get an iPod Touch which would allow her to communicate when she loses her words.
It gets me thinking about the scenario which happened on my LA trip, the one where a woman lost her purse, (and $600 +), and then everyone in the auditorium came together and gave just a a couple of bucks (which no one would miss) and the problem was solved in less than ten minutes. The power of the collective. It’s big.
If you’d like to be part of a collective effort to tangibly help one person with autism, click here to make a donation toward Lydia’s iPod Touch. Any little bit will help.