Hi and thank you for visiting my fundraising page!
As most of you may know, I have a younger brother named Anthony who is diagnosed with autism. At the time of his diagnosis, autism was not as well-known as it is today. My family worked very hard to ensure that Anthony received all of the services he was entitled to so that he may develop cognitvely, socially, and behaviorally. One place that my family turned to for support was QSAC and we have been involved with them since 1994.
Growing up, I saw the impact that these services made on the quality of Anthony's life. He developed from a little boy who had no verbal language and challenging behaviors to the charming, sweet, and sociable young man he is today. Anthony has achieved so many great things in his life so far, and I know this is just the beginning for him. Recently, he was chosen to throw out the first pitch at a Mets game, and it is a memory that all those close to him will cherish forever.
I can't say it was easy being the sibling of a child with autism. There were many moments where I questioned why Anthony acted the way he did and why he couldn't just be "normal" like everyone else. That being said, as I grew up I started to see the true positives that Anthony brought not only into my life but into the lives of others. He has shown me what it is like to be a truly selfless individual who wants nothing more than to be happy and to see those around him share that same happiness. Anthony and I now share a strong and loving relationship that I wouldn't trade for anything else in the world.
Observing the hard work that all of the people involved in Anthony's life did certainly impacted the path I chose to follow as an adult. I went to Quinnipiac University where I obtained a BA in Psychology and an MAT in Elementary Education. In graduate school, I wrote my thesis about the education of children with siblings with disabilities. I have always been particularly intrested in the sibling dynamic and educating those around me as to what it's like to be the sister or brother to an individual with special needs.
My path eventually took me to my current position as a Medicaid Service Coordinator here at QSAC. Several years ago, I started doing Community Habilitation with Anthony at QSAC where I began my professional relationship with the agency. I began as an MSC in June and I take all of my personal experiences and relate them to each and every family I help. It is truly rewarding to see the impact I can make on families much like the impact other MSCs have made on my own family.
I am asking for your support in helping me raise funds for an agency I have seen improve the lives of so many individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Your donation will enrich the lives of many of these individuals and their families, including my own.
Anthony would not be the young man I know today if he did not have the support of QSAC services. I thank you sincerely as both a sister and a service coordinator for your help in raising money for a great cause.