It all started when she saw my story on the Red Kite Project, a program from the Chicago Children's Theater for children in the autism spectrum.
Monica wrote this on my facebook page:
"I've seen it this morning . As for me an adult with Aspergers (HFA) it was a great thing to watch. It's great watching the things that are done for people with autism. Back then when I was a child there wasn't many options or resources for autism. And now that has changed for the better."
I wanted to learn more about Monica Cruz. Then she wrote again when I posted something during Autism Awareness Month:
"I thinks it's very important that there's an awareness for autism. Especially for the kids getting an early diagnoses! I didn't get an early diagnoses because back in the 80's it wasn't put out there and not enough known or resources. Trust me it's very hard as an adult with Asperger's (HFA) I wish I had the help when I was younger so I could function better on the adult level. I'm an adult/kids I'd say but highly intelligent . I wish I could do more for autism awareness, I want people to know more about autism so they know how to handle someone with autism in a better way! I know there's a lot of patience needed. It's not easy to know a mind like that. It's even hard for me to think calmly at times or feel some type of an emotional feeling. I know I'm proud of who I am regardless the judgements or ridicule I get."
"I wanted to help out because I know what it feels like not to have a support system or enough resouces to help have a better life. I wanted to walk and pass the finish line make that a goal because I'm uncomfortable being around a lot of people and if I pass the finish line that means I can do it and try to not be soo overwhelmed in environments with a lot of people. I will have my headphones on that they to block some noise out... I just want to pass the finish line."
If you want to learn more, donate and or participate Click on Walk Now for Autism Speaks Chicago.