Teddy recently started volunteering at the CLCC greenhouse. He waters the micro greens and the new outside garden on Saturday afternoons with his mom Lynn. He is excited to be part of the greenhouse volunteer crew and looks forward to his trips to the greenhouse. He doesn’t even mind getting a little wet as he waters and loves telling everyone that plants need water every day! He is pictured here showing his grandmother, Marie Zerba, around the greenhouse.
Mitchell is pictured here at the CLCC Greenhouse in Vernon, CT with his dad, Al. They come to the greenhouse every Monday morning to get the week off to a great start harvesting and seeding new trays of micro greens!
A VIEW FROM SOMEONE WITH AUTISM
My name is Mitchell. I am 22 years old and I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, the highest functioning form of Autism, at the age of 8. After the age of 21, my school system did not really offer any services. I had a lot of transition programs, but none of them were really a good fit for me. I also did not qualify for any state programs, which has left me nowhere to turn.
I feel like all my life, my world has been very difficult and now scary at times to navigate. There are some days where I don’t even feel comfortable in my own skin. Every day is a challenge for me and I hope I can one day get on the right path and resolve my issues. I know I won’t be perfect and that there will still be bumps in the road, but I hope that I can one day turn out to be the young man I was always meant to be.
I hope that with programs like CLCC, I can find others who are going through the same thing I am going through, and I can look forward to living and working in a supporting environment so I can look forward to a positive future. We all have potential. I just need to learn to grasp mine and gain self-confidence. I hope this may help someone that is struggling with high functioning Autism and feels like there may be hope to one day have a caring community to support them