1. Beverly Ramirez
    August 2, 2021 @ 8:21 am

    SO SO PROUD of Jack – and of you, his family – and of your constant believing in him and rooting for him. A life lived differently is not a life less lived: I will never forget these words of yours. How WELL Jack lived his three weeks at the college program this summer: not because he lived them perfectly; but because, as hard as it was, “I DID IT”! I am so happy for you all!


  2. Suz
    August 2, 2021 @ 9:00 am

    The path is definitely lonelier and harder for an autism child and parent but I think the successes are just as good as the neurotypical path. Hard fought victories that’s for sure. Well done Jack, hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.


  3. Diane
    August 2, 2021 @ 9:24 am

    Yeahhhh Jack! You did it!!!


  4. Michael Altshuler
    August 2, 2021 @ 10:48 am

    Good job Jack! Guess what Jack, you might find it hard to believe, but all of us have our own versions of your struggle, and so just know that in this way we are all very much alike, and you are a light for us all.


    August 2, 2021 @ 11:48 am

    Jack, you and your family have won the best Olympic Gold ever awarded. You have all worked harder, longer, and against more obstacles than any world-class athletes who have ever lived, and you will continue to do so every day of your lives. God bless you all.


  6. cbspira
    August 2, 2021 @ 2:26 pm

    Congratulations Jack on completing the course and earning your certificate!

    (I think your mom deserves a certificate as well 😁 )


  7. TracyEllen Carson Webb
    August 2, 2021 @ 2:42 pm



  8. Jeannie Weller
    August 2, 2021 @ 6:25 pm

    Yay, Jack! You did it!


  9. Kai
    August 3, 2021 @ 9:50 am

    Yes, Jack! Yes, YOU DID IT! So proud of you and your amazing family. We’ve missed you over the past few weeks and are so happy you’re home!


  10. JaniceK
    August 3, 2021 @ 11:03 am

    My favorite line from Jack: “We talked.”
    It touched my heart.


  11. Janet Anderson ( grandmother)
    August 3, 2021 @ 11:52 am

    Jack, You won the GOLD! CONGRATULATIONS 💖


  12. Gail Brunt
    August 17, 2021 @ 8:53 am

    Thank you, Carrie. I cannot tell you how many times you have encouraged me. This morning I sat down with my tea and said to myself “I can’t do this today.” My daughter is on the Spectrum, but she also has Borderline Personality Disorder. She is 24. She has no aspirations, no motivation, and is 90% contrary, which means that if you show her something “black”, she will say it is “white”. Not literally that, but she will argue anything, despite the obvious truth being as plain as the nose on your face. It has been this way since she could talk. Some days I think we have made no progress, and it feels very hopeless. Last week I was organizing the Files, the file drawer filled with the endless paperwork for Social Security and Medicaid and Medicare and medical records from the neurologist, the sleep center, PCP, therapists, and every mental health facility in the state of NH. Because in 2016 and 2017 she was hospitalized every 6 weeks or so, until she was 18, usually for “suicidal ideations” and one psychiatrist finally diagnosed her with BPD. Being hospitalized was its own reward, so then we started waiting for her to be evaluated, and they would send her home. Eventually, I stopped waiting with her (sometimes 6 hours!) and we would just go pick her up when she was released. So now it’s been about a year and a half since that last happened. Progress. And a year before that. That was progress. Over the years I have learned to turn my back and walk away. Some say that is invalidating, but I have to pick my battles, because I never, never win. I have learned that sometimes I have to speak truth and walk away, because she will never admit that it makes sense, but later I will see that she has accepted it. She just can’t say it. Progress. So I sat down and read your words, and I will go on with today. We will do her errands and my errands and go to some thrift stores because that is “our thing” as she says. I will measure every word I want to say, and she may get through without taking offense, or she may not. I will hold it in. I have learned well, this “walking on eggshells.”


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