Potomac, Maryland – JaLynn Prince and her husband, Gregory Prince, started Madison House Autism Foundation in 2008 to help autistic adults.
Gazette.Net reports that there are an estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. who are on the autism spectrum.
JaLynn Prince said.
“Often people [with autism] are confined to home with nothing meaningful to do during the day, with no social outlet,”
Madison House Autism Foundation is named for the Prince’s autistic son Madison, now 24 who will never be able to live alone. He is their motivation for starting the foundation.
“We started thinking we wanted to find housing for him, a location where he would be happy, have freedom and where he would be well cared for,”
They soon came to realise that they were not the only parents with concerns about their autistic adult child. JaLynn Prince said that many parents worry about what will happen to their autistic adult child when they are gone.
Madison House Autism Foundation works to change policy concerning the services available to adults with autism as well as providing support for employment and inclusion in the community.
They are hosting an art show in April in collaboration with The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, and will showcase the work of autistic adults.
More than 20 artists have contributed to the exhibit, “Through Our Eyes,”
Angevine,29 who is a photographer with three pieces in the exhibit was diagnosed with autism at the age of 26. He said:
“Photographs for me help me to relax my eyes from the overstimulation of the sunlight and the cloudiness,”
An opening reception honoring the artists of “Through Our eyes” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 3 at the University of Shady Grove Priddy Library, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville.
You can visit Madison House Autism Foundation website here
The original article by Foundation hosting by Peggy McEwan on the Gazette.Net website can be read here