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We need a happy story about our disabled loved ones.  So today I will share with you my son's story.  February 2nd was a big night in his life.  One he will never forget.  His story, dreams and goal was shared on Fox Sports after the Super Bowl.  We are very proud of him.

My son is 20 and autistic.  He is in a program for young adults with neurological disabilities.  Part of this is Work Experience.  The first year, he completed every job available so the many agencies got together to think outside the box.  For the past two years, Wesley has been working as a volunteer with the Portland Winterhawks as part of his Work Experience.  This summer, the work experience portion was gutted.  

Wesley is a bit of a "hockey savant".  He loves the game.  He loves his class.  So he decided to do something about it.  He asked the Portland Winterhawks if they could do a benefit game for his class.  They agreed.  

$5 from every ticket sold via the special web link on the hockey site was given to Community Transition Program out of Beaverton, Oregon.  He raised over $600.  

I am unable to get the video to embed.  I yield to the KosGods who can make it so.

I was always questioned by the "experts", "What are your dreams and goals for you son?"  My answer was always that I wanted him to have the tools and skills to create and reach his own dreams and his own goals.

Thank you for taking the time to watch my son's dream.  

Go Winterhawks!

Go Wesley!!!

Originally posted to Damnit Janet on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 08:51 AM PST.

Also republished by Parenting on the Autism Spectrum, KosAbility, KOSpectrum, and Koscadia.


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