Hoosier, Indiana, Autism Companion – Jane Grimes left her job last summer, as marketing and enrollment director for a large autism center to start her own autism venture. Autism Companion, is an autism magazine,online support community and part advocacy organisation. Jane has a daughter who is on the autistic spectrum.
Holly Robinson Peete is to headline the first fundraiser for Autism Companion and Temple Grandin will be doing a Q&A interview for every issue of the magazine.
“If there’s something I want to happen, I don’t give up. I continue to pursue what we need.”
Jane is on a mission to persuade Gov. Mike Pence and the legislature that individuals with autism need to be helped and especially those on the brink of adulthood.
Tiffany Neal, assistant director of Hands in Autism, an interdisciplinary training and resource center at the Indiana University School of Medicine said:
“It’s very exciting for the autism community because greater investment — and ultimately greater success for the kid — will come when there’s that collaboration,”
Jane continues to say in the Indy Star article that many children with autism still need help especially as they age.
“Where are they going to live? How are they going to have as much independence as possible? How are they going to learn life skills?” she says. “There are some things in place, but it’s hit or miss.”
The Autism Companion magazine is on its third issue and the web page features real stories of people living with autism.
Jane wants to change the world for children with autism and she says that what she offers visitors to the website is a virtual hug and the assurance that they are not alone.
“I’m a mom, a woman on a mission,” she said. “I want a phone call from the governor. I am not going to stop, I am just not going to stop.”
The original article by Shari Rudavsky on the Indy Star website can be read here