Sarah Greichen’s twin brother has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She says he didn’t have any friends in school and that’s why she started the nonprofit “Score A Friend.” Sarah believes if we all extend our love and kindness to include everyone from all walks of life, we can help people like her brother succeed and thrive… Pass It on!
Sarah: My twin brother Jacob has an autism spectrum disorder. I remember one moment after being at school all day... and I remember him getting into the car just bawling and saying 'Mom, I have no friends. Why don't I have any friends?' It broke my heart.
Lyrics: Brother let me be your shelter, never leave you all alone.
Sarah: That was the moment when I realized that I needed to do something about this. I needed to make a difference in his life. And I knew that if I could help him find a friend, I could help teach other people that including people with differences is the right thing to do.
Lyrics: Bring it home. Brother let me be your shelter...
Sarah: That was the inspiration behind my non-profit "Score A Friend". Educating people to include people with difference is so important because when Jacob's included, he feels like he can succeed in life and he feels like he actually has a purpose.
Inclusion. Pass It On!
Pass It On®
Sharon from Illinois AUGUST 3, 2020
I have a daughter with Apraxia of speech. Her communicarion with others is very difficult we adopted her at birth not knowing she would have this disability. Friends? Absolutely.no friends. Typical kids didnt want be with someone who could not express herself. Although she was in the Allied soccer team at Stevenson HS the Allied bowling team and Allied Spirit cheering. She was invited to join the NHS at Stevenson. She worked hard for others. The school work she did with excellence. Nevertheless, No teacher took the time to teach her academics no reading no math. Its sad sad sad. We are older parents with no family to care for her when we are gone. She never wants to live with strangers. She was ddx'd with PDD-NOS. She very social compassionate and loyal she loves to be included . But even the students in transition program ignored her. I was promised they would not separate her from the higher functioning students that could communicate but i was lied to. Even in Transition they kept her isolated from the higher functioning stidents. This is how she learns from others. The lower functioning students also had behavioral issues & never ever communicated with her. Her private OT and Speech therapist insusted she be placed with higher functioning students for communication. The school refused. .now she is finished with Transition being almost 22 in il. I feel i need to start her education all over again. How can she go into the competitive world of work without this foundation of knowledge ? It is sad sad sad for her and us. This high school did not educate her. her therapists all said stevenson HS failed her in providing her the right course of education. Many parents say this about their young adults & this spec. Ed program at Stevenson
We as her parents have to do whatever we can to teach her independence before we leave this earth.
John Bruce from 1502. Glenwillow cove. Round Rock. Tx 78681 APRIL 17, 2020
I. Wish. That. I. Can. Had. Big. Brother
Edith M ichelle Loyd from Detroit MI. NOVEMBER 4, 2019
Thanks for sharing your story. I am a retired teacher of Special education AI. And I have two grandson that are AI. They both get out in the public a lot but they dont have friends that call them on the phone or come to see them. I pray you story reaches a lot of people.. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Anthony Marino from San Clemente, CA JULY 8, 2019
My 18 year Old Daughter is on the Autism spectrum as well, and has the very same issue with not having any friends. Our issue is she is very determined to "Shadow" other Girls and with that says she has friends. She doesn't outwardly show sadness, but it still breaks our hearts. All the praise to you and what you are doing.
Annie Vazquez from New Rochelle, NY JULY 7, 2019
My son Julian, who is now 20, has the same friend issue. He has risen up and has finished culinary school but still doesn't have friends. My heart breaks every time he voices this problem. He's a good guy but still can't make friends. I pray every night that he gets blessed with at least one great friend. Thank you for letting me know he's not the only one who is late in making friends...They will one day.