My Son, The Prom King

My Son, The Prom King

Emma’s story. She is 42. /// My story is a lot different than parents who have young kids with autism now. See, my kid didn’t have autism 20 years ago. Oh, he had autism. I just couldn’t get anyone to say he had autism.  It was a different world then and it was a rare diagnosis […]

Ask

Ask

Dana’s Story. She is 39. /// Ask. Ask why she doesn’t always make eye contact.  Ask why she doesn’t scream when a spider scampers across her dinner plate, like most any person would. Ask why she sometimes repeats every word you say. It’s echolalia in case you were curious. Please don’t just look at me […]

Healing is Believing

Healing is Believing

Angela’s story. She is 43. /// The circus curtains in the boys’ room were iridescent. They were beautiful. I wanted to burn them. The fabric represented such sadness, such a loss, such a complete disaster. I wanted to reclaim the space in a different way. Get rid of all that stuff and start from scratch. […]

The Facing Autism event movie

The Facing Autism event movie

On November 2, 2013 at the Muncie Civic Theatre 350 community members gathered to hear nine stories from those facing autism. Mayor Dennis Tyler opened the event, the Prism Project performed, and Interlock distributed more than 700+ Facing Autism in Muncie Books. We actually ran out of books at the event. We didn’t anticipate such […]

Thriving in the Unknown

Thriving in the Unknown

Allison’s story. She is 34. /// It rocks your world.  It really does. Having a medical background, knowing the milestones a child should be hitting, I knew at one year that things didn’t seem quite right.  By 18 months, being around people outside of our home practically paralyzed him. By age two, it wasn’t much […]

Home Plate

Home Plate

Dennis’s Story. He is 32. Watch the reading of Dennis’s story from the Facing Autism Event. /// I’ve come a long way in overcoming my fears from that first moment of Luke’s diagnosis when I thought he would never be able to fully participate in organized sports and feel a part of a team; when […]

Journeying from Disbelief to Acceptance

Journeying from Disbelief to Acceptance

The Facing Project is a community storytelling project that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. Each project matches a community’s writers with individuals facing a certain topic, and the writer writes as if they are that individual, in the first person. If you’d like to be a part of this nationwide storytelling movement GO HERE. […]

Tackle

Tackle

Chad’s Story.  He is 36. Watch the reading of Chad’s story from the Facing Autism Event. /// Jackson’s heart is unbelievably big. I am most proud that he can see the good in others. On his first day of kindergarten, a child who wanted Jackson’s eyeglasses bullied him. At one point, the child tried to […]