My name is Shamarr Baldwin. I’m a case worker for the state of Connecticut and a small time documentary maker. I just completed a film about a 75-year-old woman who is raising her 37-year-old autistic son. The object of this documentary is to reveal not only her struggles to raise her son, but to go against what at […]
Stories of Courage and Inspiration
Ryan goes to church every Sunday with his parents and family, always sitting in the back with the adults. One Sunday the choir director approaches his parents and asks “how can we get Ryan involved”? So starts Ryan’s move to the front with the other kids in the youth choir, where he finds friends, acceptance […]
Eight year old Ryan gets a chance to see his favorite singer, Stevie Wonder, when a friend of his grandmother’ comes through with front row tickets. But it gets better as this friend takes time from his job after the show to get an autograph from Stevie Wonder himself, a prized possession to this day!
We are Girl Scout Troop 62086. We consider ourselves sisters to every girl scout with each one of us having her own individual voice. As a group, we celebrate our talents and support each others’ needs. This month, we celebrate our sister, Amanda, who is one of our most active and friendly scout members. While […]
A father takes his son every weekend to the mall to have some “father-son” time and learn about the world while hanging out. They begin stopping in “The Build a Bear” store and get to know one of the staff who greets them every visit. As the father relates, even though they never bought anything […]
As my son approaches his 18th birthday, I am fortunate to be able to share countless examples of kindness and compassion that overshadow the tremendous challenges we have faced. Lincoln was 2 ½ years old when he was diagnosed. The joys of finally becoming a mom at the age of 36 were suddenly overcome with […]
While shopping at Trader Joe’s, Ellen and her son run into a classmate. After a brief conversation and a pleasant good-bye her son gets upset because the friend had to leave. Ellen has to leave her bag and groceries in the store to take him to the car to regain composure. Two different ladies provide […]
Now 9, twins Jack and Julia once went to a lot of birthday parties, but as Jack got older he did not get invited to parties like his sister, who is not on the spectrum. After meeting new friends and families at Autism Families Connecticut, though, Jack has gotten back into the party circuit!
Chris took his daughter, Brianna, to Red Robin for dinner, one of her favorite places because of the balloons and the colors. They order while waiting for his wife but Brianna gets stressed and he had to leave the food there and take her out to the car. He told the waiter his wife would […]
A grandpa relates how the kindness of another first grader helped his grandson Phoenix become a part of everyday school life. Finn made sure Phoenix was involved in activities and joined in with others. And then this first grader, with the kindness of childhood, hand delivered a birthday party invitation to Phoenix, his very first […]