Reported by Kristy Ondo - bio|email Posted by Debra Worley - email
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A mother's dream has come true with the opening of a new group home and day center for people with autism near Hampstead.
Judy Clark is the mother of two autistic young men who are essentially her world. Dylan, 18, and Remly, 19, are full of charm and personality, and Judy wouldn't change a thing about them.
"Their autism is part of who they are, and they wouldn't be the same boys without it," said Judy.
Despite their charm, Remly's autism was especially difficult to handle, so eight years ago Judy had no choice but to check him into a special facility near Raleigh. She said it was a painful decision to make.
From the day Remly was checked into the facility, Judy vowed to find a way to have her two boys together again, at home. Now, nearly a decade later, her wish is finally coming true.
Several years ago Judy founded Autism Support and Programs (ASAP), an organization that supports people with autism. Over the years the program and staff grew, adding a new day center and group home designed for people with autism.
Everything about the center was planned especially for its residents - from the colors on the walls to a special planner that lets them know who will take care of them each day.
Now, Judy's two sons can be reunited at the home, Rainbow Farms, where they'll be living together, helping each other learn how to interact with others.
ASAP is hosting a free beneift concert this Saturday at Poplar Grove Plantation.
Saturday, Nov. 7 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Poplar Grove Plantation FREE Beer Garden, Silent Auction, Cash Raffle, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Lots of musical acts