" The many faces of Autism". This is a photo of our grandson, Christopher,
who is now 23 years old and lives with my wife and I here in Traverse City.
We are his grandparents and his guardians. This photo shows Christopher on
one of our many walks, this particular one around the old State Hospital
grounds. He and I walk about 15 or 20 miles per week. My purpose in sharing
it is to display the smile on his face and the fact that we rarely see
anybody out in the community with their special needs kids, and young
adults. I would like to invite moms and dads, grandpas and grandmas, and
other family members to get involved with their special needs kids and take
them for walks, rides, trips, etc. instead of just warehousing them at home
and expecting them to be happy about that. All people need interaction and
the love that comes back from them in return is priceless.