Wilmington, NC, April 25, 2019
As we spread awareness during Autism Awareness Month throughout April, we revisited some of the people living with autism who we highlighted in the past. In 2017, Melissa, who receives Individual and Community Services (ICS) from Easterseals UCP, helped deliver quilts to babies at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Women and Children’s Hospital. Every year her mother’s quilting group makes blankets for the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Melissa is happy to distribute them to the families.
Melissa, who is living with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome, continues to make progress at home and in the community. Audrey McLaurin, Melissa’s Direct Support Paraprofessional at Easterseals UCP, works with her daily. With Audrey’s help Melissa makes a grocery list and shops, cleans her house and works on socialization during visits to stores and restaurants in the community. “Melissa is great to work with as she has a great attitude and she works hard towards her goals of independence,” said Audrey.
Every day, Melissa said she looks forward to the visits by Audrey. She said, “I’m happy to see her and have Audrey help me get out and motivate me to cleanup.” One of Melissa’s joys is her support dog, Gracie. Her 10-year-old lab provides her with safety and is trained to lean on her physically for deep pressure, which helps calm Melissa.
Thanks to the support of Easterseals UCP Individual and Community Services, Melissa continues to broaden her horizons and accomplish new tasks. Learn more about Individual and Community Services.ABOUT EASTERSEALS UCPEasterseals UCP provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.
For more information contact:Kathy EdgertonChief Communications OfficerKathy.Edgerton@eastersealsucp.com(O) 919-865-8660(C) 919-208-0621