Please join us in congratulating Michelle Guppy, who has won the Jefferson Award for Public Service for her Autism advocacy over the last 13 years. REad her own perspective on what the award means to her at her blog Life With Autism. For Houston area readers, pleae visit the Houston Autism Disability Network.
HOUSTON -- When her younger son, Brandon, was diagnosed at 2 years old with autism, Michelle Guppy's first reaction was relief: finally a definitive answer.
But that was 15 years ago, when there weren't many resources for support.
"All my pediatrician could tell me was to love him, and he would be in an institution one day," Guppy said.
Guppy refused to give up.She found comfort in talking to other parents, and in 2000 and 2004, she joined 3,000 of them on Capitol Hill to rally for autism awareness and legislation.
The experience inspired her to form the group Texas Autism Advocacy, now 2,000 members strong. Her spin off network, Houston Autism Disability Network, has almost 5,000 members locally. There's no fancy office or staff, just an online forum where parents and professionals can share resources. Read the full article in Click2Houston HERE