As many have seen the symbol for Autism resembles a puzzle with a missing puzzle piece. Uniqu3 Families was founded in 2015 by Gail Ulloa, mother of a child with autism. I have always been a firm believer that to have a special needs child it takes special parents to have a child with a specific need. Our sweet boy, Adrian was declared autistic at 2-year-old and our whole world was shaken. All of our dreams and expectations went for one extreme to another. At the time, God seemed very far from us but little did we know that GOD was there every step of the way. The Lord showed us immediately that we needed to trust in Him and we began a journey that is not very common to all parents.
Life seemed so much more scarier of the uncertainty that we would be facing with Adrian. So we began the process of therapies, we even put him in a daycare because he needed to be with children with a routine. Therapist would come to our home and to his daycare to give Adrian therapies. But of course we had people who would tell us that Adrian would not be able to do stuff for himself and he wouldn't get to a master certain developmental goals. We had a couple of negative people around us and that affected us to some extent.
As the parent of a child who is on the autism spectrum and is nonverbal, it has become evident to us how this process can be devastating, hurtful, confusing, and a sense of disillusion for any parent. When we become parents, we have all of these dreams and aspirations for our children, and when we hear the word autistic or a disability, all of those hopes and dreams are gone, and we are left with too many questions and not enough answers; or the next question, so where do we go from here? What’s next? Pretty much we are left to figure things out on our own while having to assimilate the hurt we are feeling because of the uncertainty of life. Now I cannot say that I have all the answers, but I am learning to take it one day at a time.
But GOD has given us the strength to continue and to push him forward a lot of things that professionals said he wouldn’t be able to do. He does and that is truly a blessing from GOD. We know we have a long road ahead with him but we take it one day at a time and in hope that GOD will grant us the desires of our heart to hear him speak one day.
Adrian is now 9-years-old, nonverbal but a lovable little boy who with just a smile melts the heart of many people. This is what makes us a unique family.