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Durand Foundation

The Durand Foundation was established in 1999 to raise needed funds to support the important work of Durand in serving the expanding population of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities throughout Central and South Jersey. Through generous donations, we are able to improve existing services and add valuable new programs.
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Durand Foundation

The Durand Foundation was established in 1999 to raise needed funds to support the important work of Durand in serving the expanding population of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities throughout Central and South Jersey. Through generous donations, we are able to improve existing services and add valuable new programs.
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(2/2) “I can't” is not in our vocabulary. If a task seems too big or uncomfortable we pre-plan and come up with ways together how to overcome any potential obstacles.

When a situation becomes overwhelming Aubrey can communicate to me and we can make adjustments to allow her to continue to participate in whatever we may be doing. My goal is to nurture her strengths and strengthen her weakness in order for her to be the best Aubrey she can possibly be.

People often mistake her Asperger’s diagnosis as an intellectual deficit. In fact, is the complete opposite for my daughter. She is incredibly smart, her deficit is in social skills.

When people hear your child has a disability they look at you with sympathy. I don't want sympathy I celebrate my daughter's differences. Her differences inspire me. They challenge me to listen more, require me to be a more attentive parent and they have taught me patience and a whole new way to look at the world. I am grateful to have a glimpse into her world.

I spend a lot of time empowering her to be her own voice which she has improved but I will always be her biggest advocate. I look at my child and see all that she could be with some education and understanding.

My hope for my daughter’s future is that society does not look at her DISABILITY but rather her ABILITY to be a productive member of society. My advice just stop and listen. You never know what amazing things can be locked in the mind of a child. It just might be the answer to a problem the mainstream could not solve.

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