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June 06, 2013 | North America: Texas

Autism and Special Olympics

By Lisa Salom

Decorating the Wall with Pride!

I have a child with Autism that has participated for years in the Individual events offered by Special Olympics. He does not communicate well so it is always very hard to tell what he thinks about the sports he plays. Today we got a glimpse inside his mind when Michael decided to decorate. Apparently what he feels is Pride - because he just hung his school shirt on the wall along with the medals he has won. Now I am so proud. And happy! Sometimes it is so hard to make sure he can participate - it takes quite a lot of juggling to make the schedule work. This makes it all worthwhile. Thank you for all that you do!

About Lisa Salom: I am the mother of a 15 year old boy with Autism. We started involving him in Special Olympic sports when he was 9 years old. I appreciate so much the volunteers that make all of these events happen!

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