It is a pleasure to introduce Susan Woods, a PhD student at OU Health Science Center, who contacted me in an effort to get the word out to those individuals who might be interested in participating in the following project. Please welcome her and share the information with others that you know. Thank you for taking the time to read and participate, if interested! ~Lorrie
A Chance to Share YOUR Stories
I am asking you to submit stories, testimonies, tips, or any other information you feel might be helpful to other families coping with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and professionals who might work with individuals with ASD. Research has shown that being in a family with an individual who has ASD can be isolating and many people feel they are coping on their own. Sharing your struggles and triumphs may help others better cope with the issues they are encountering.
Stories and information that you submit will be compiled into a booklet and distributed to families coping with ASD, students preparing to work with individuals with disabilities and their faculty. I am imagining this booklet to be similar to a “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, where others can gain strength and feel better understood because someone else has dealt with the same issues that they are or will be dealing with.
The submitted information needs to be from a person over the age of 18 years, simply for protection of children. All names will be omitted or changed to protect privacy.
This is a project for the OU Health Science Center Oklahoma LEND (Interdisciplinary Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program, and will help students training to be medical professionals to better understand issues that families are dealing with so they can better assist you in obtaining the resources and care that you and your family members need.
Please submit stories via e-mail or to the address below by March 30, 2014, for inclusion in the booklet. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call me (405) 550-7985 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time!
Susan G. Woods
OK LEND intern 2013/14
2056 Westbury Drive
Midwest City, OK 73130