In 2008 my son was diagnosed with ASD and I struggled to get the correct services for him. Once services were found I had to fight for the services that were available. I was forced to leave my career and care for my son living off my savings and retirement. (Which I would do all over again, if I had to).
As I made my journey, I found few organizations that supported African American families with children on the autism spectrum. Because of a lack of support I found there were huge disparities in the African American community. Many misdiagnosed and undiagnosed African American children in at risk communities end up in the criminal justice system each year. I made a promise that once I got a handle on our situation, I would help others.
In March 2009 The Color of Autism was founded.