Mara Angelique Mirajen was diagnosed with ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorder when she was 2 and half years old. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes.
This is a lifelong struggle for her. Not being able to enjoy our world as we see it, because of her disability. Meltdowns are a daily existence inside and outside of our home. She is non-verbal. She is isolated in her own world. She doesn't play with her sisters. And her older sister could not understand her. She is afraid of noisy crowdy places, she is overwhelmed by it. Going to the mall or church is not an option. Autistic children have a hard time absorbing all this inputs in her environment -- all at the same time in her brain, unlike normal kids have been able to adapt.
We have tried Occupational Therapies for one year, and Speech Therapies for 6 months. THESE did not help her. There was no significant improvement on her abilities. She was stuck in her world and we were helpless. As parents we could not reach out to our child. Not to mention we were slowly getting in debt because therapies are not cheap. And we have other children to take care of. BUT WE CAN HELP HER. We can help her to recover, to eventually become independent and go out see the world how beautiful it is, through years of therapy. This is a struggle we have to face as a family. That's why we are here to ask your help.
We would like her to have a fulfilling life and be independent even after we are gone. For her to have friends, eventually go to school and one day finish college. That is our greatest fear. For her to be alone in the dark.
We have dedicated a Facebook page for her journey here: 'Angels brought you here, Mara's Autism Journey,' where we blog her progress. Here : https://www.facebook.com/MaraAutismJourney/
This year will be the first time the "Son Rise Program" is coming to the Philippines this December 2017. I would like to join their Start-up program this December, because after attending their Start-up program we can have the tools to give Mara, her own customized therapy sessions at the comfort of our home where she feels safe. Son-Rise Program provides parents the tools to help their autistic children, empowering parents to give their child a more meaningful life. These may take a year, or a minimum of 3 years or more, but we will never give up.
But there is a price for all these tools, and we cannot afford the fees. Autism Treatment Center of America has helped thousands of families all over the world using their Son Rise Program, cope with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and other developmental difficulties for over 30 years.
For once, we have HOPE. Me and my husband reach out to you to help us reach our goal. We are forever grateful to you for helping Mara. You will always be in our prayers as a family. We would love it if you leave a personal message to Mara, upon clicking the Donate button, and leave an email address so we can personally send each and every one who donated a Thank you note from me and Mara! :)
Thank you so much.