My son Jeremy, where do I begin…he is handsome, smart, intuitive, and many more things. He loves playing in the dirt, going to camp and riding on the A.T.V., but most of all he loves knowing everything about everything. My son Jeremy has all of theses characteristics, strengths, and interests, but he also has Aspergers Syndrome, ADHD, OCD, and Social Anxiety. At age ten, our family has endured everything we love about Jeremy and the things that aren’t so lovable. As a family and with the help of many, many people in the social work field, the teaching arena as well as extended family and friends, we now enjoy Jeremy more and more each day. It was about four years ago when I meant Jill Hrinda-Patten and as we got to talking realized that Mission Empower could help our family. I immediately learned more and took advantage of the agencies services. Kathy Lutz, an advocate for Mission Empower provided us with help in understanding evaluations, treatment plans, and the rights for children with disabilities. Kathy also attended meetings with my husband and I to listen, take notes and advise us on Jeremy’s behalf. Our family is grateful for the services provided to us through Mission Empower. Now several years after meeting Jill, I have completed the Mission Empower Advocate program and recommend the agency whenever possible. Thank you and keep up the great job.
The Smith Family