Erin Clemens: A poem to her parents on World Autism Awareness Day
In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, Erin Clemens, who receives services through Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania, was inspired to write a poem to her parents. Read Clemens’ insightful poem below.
You had some expectations of what I would be like,
Yet we faced our struggles, found support along the way,
I know you’ve stayed awake all hours of the night,
Clemens – who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when she was 15 – participates in Devereux Pennsylvania’s Community Adult Autism Partnership Program (CAAPP). Clemens said the program, which provides individualized and innovative community-based support services for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other disabilities, has provided her with skills needed to increase her independence and improve her overall quality of life.
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