MOMS WHO CARE SERIES BY GUEST BLOGGER DARIANA VELASQUEZ, AAMA STUDENT
Dr. Lisa Graham-Garza is the Founder and President of Autism Rescue Angels/ Dentist. Dr. Lisa has taken time off from dentistry to be able to meet the needs of her two sons, both with special needs. Her younger and more severe son was diagnosed with autism in 2004 at the age of 20 months. Her older son had delays as well and was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia and ADD and currently attends the Briarwood school.
DR LISA, HOW DO YOU FEEL AS A MOTHER?
-I feel stress, most of the time stress but happy.
DID YOUR LEVEL OF EDUCATION HELP YOU TO BETTER UNDERSTAND AND PREPARE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF YOUR TWO SONS.
-Yes, it helped me a lot. My education its based on health. So, yes it helped me to understand that part of it.
HOW DID YOU START YOUR ORGANIZATION?
-I did a lot of research, asked questions, met people, take notes, researched about non-profit organizations, this took two years. I also worked with a lawyer to learn more.
SINCE YOU STARTED THIS MISSION, IS IT HARD TO FOR OTHER MOTHERS TO UNDERSTAND THESE CONDITIONS?
-Yes, because they feel stress, and sometimes they don’t understand what's going on. But we support each other with advice, and talking.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT US TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION.
Autism Rescue Angels is here to provide real help right now right here in the Houston, Texas area.
We are keeping it local and our board consists entirely of special needs parents and a professional development director volunteering her time so we know the real struggles autism families face and how to best use the funds we raise.
We have very little overhead and intend to keep it that way so that more families can be helped.
We are here to make it possible for people with autism to get the medical and educational help they need and families to have access to these services.
If you’re so inclined, follow us on Facebook and share our story with your network. Sharing our story is how we grow and help more families.
The support is very important to local communities.