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Sam WYou've met Sam Wessels here at AofA and elsewhere. He and his Mom Lin advocate for families facing the challenges of autism. Check out this great  article and video from Sioux City, Iowa.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (KTIV) -
Sam Wessels is a typical 11-year-old boy.  He likes video games and having fun. But what you might not realize is that he has autism.

"It's basically a diagnosis that makes it hard for people to communicate and do everyday things," said Sam.

Even though Sam can do most things on his own now, that wasn't always the case.  When Sam was two, he stopped talking and progressing.  That's when doctors diagnosed him with the disorder.

"Honestly, it was terrifying," says Lin Wessels, Sam's mom.  "That hurt a lot.  Fear I think that was the biggest thing.  What will become of my child?"

Lin, turned her fear of the unknowns of autism into activities.  With her son by her side, every chance she got, she'd talk to politicians and ask them how they are helping people with autism. 
"'What are you doing?  Why aren't you doing more? What can you do?  Because people out here are suffering.  Some people with autism suffer and at that time our family was suffering," said Lin. Read the full story at KTIV.


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Comments

The Wessels

Our sincerest gratitude to Age of Autism and their readers for your support and encouragement over the years!! YOU keep us going, fighting the good fight!!

The Wessels

Thank you for comment Taximom5. However, you need to be made aware, Sam advocates for a cure. His autism has significantly improved because we have treated it as the illness that it is. Sam's MAMA, Lin Wessels

Taximom5

The only comment up at the KTIV site is from "Xerxes," who says:

"Congratulations, Sam, for showing us that autism is not something that has to be cured. It's not an illness. It's who you are."

John Stone

What a hero!

Jim Thompson

Sam, You rock. Awesome!

White Rose

Well done Sam ....bravo
Well done Sam's Mum !!

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