My beautiful boy Christian has autism. We've had to move several times(6)over the past 4 years trying to find a school system that would offer him the tools he needs to have a productive future. We've moved from the suburbs to the city, from the northside to the southside, and from Illinois to Florida back to Illinois twice; and for a child who has had problems adjusting to changes in his life, has seemingly coped very well.
Because Christian lacks conversation skills, I"m not sure how much the moves has affected him. While we lived in Florida where there was an excellent program for him, we were forced to separate as a family. My husband lived and worked in Chicago and when he could would drive or fly to Florida to visit. For a while to make sure we were comfortable he lived in a work trailer for the summer so most of his salary could go to supporting me and Christian. We lived apart for three years and although it was hard on us, Christian grew socially and learned so many new things.
We recently bought a home in Illinois and although we will miss the people and the school in Florida. Christian desperately wants his family together. When he found out that we had a home in Illinois he said he wanted to go back to Illinois, so we did.
The home needs a lot of work and we are force to live in a construction zone Christian and my other children live in different houses, while my husband and I are in the home. We desparately want the family together in one house and we need funds or donations to finish the house. I want Christian to be comfortable in his new space, he likes his new school and because a home of his own is something he's has not had in a long time we want him to feel settled not only with the family but to know he's finally HOME. We gone through so much, for so long, that there isn't room to write it all down and I'm not opposed to answering any question related to the request and appreciate any help.