Cullen (“CJ”) is autistic. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of a person’s life and influences that individual’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism affects every individual differently and to varying degrees of severity, however it is characterized by repetitive behaviors, difficulties in social interaction, and difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication. Current statistics estimate 1 in 44 children and 2.2% of adults are autistic in the US.
Cullen will always be autistic. So as we help him prepare for the path ahead, we also try to prepare that path… in other words, we’re trying to change the world. Let’s start with the lessons Cullen has taught us:
Freely offer acceptance and understanding.
Help others every chance you get.