Kupchick helped her

To the Editor:

Recently I met with Brenda Kupchick, state representative, who is deeply concerned about the plight of adults on the autism spectrum.

I was misdiagnosed as “slow” as a child and as a result worked in a factory packing boxes for 21 years. I knew instinctively that I had more to offer and felt painfully frustrated. I then went for diagnostic testing and found that I was not “slow” but had autism. For the next 10 years, I “wore my knuckles out” knocking on doors of organizations asking for services. I was repeatedly told by agencies that they could not help because “We don’t help adults or we only provide services for the intellectually deficient.”

Finally I found a pilot program funded by a government grant. The administrator provided me with a compassionate and skilled tutor, Bonita Lee. While working with Bonita, I acquired appropriate social skills, polished my academic skills, and recognized my strengths. I am now employed as a home companion for the elderly.

The grant ran out before I had the training to reach my life-long goal of working in a floral shop. Bonita tried repeatedly to find an internship for me without success. She then introduced me to Brenda Kupchick.

Brenda wants to help establish a program which would provide internships with local businesses. While doing the internship students would receive experience in social skills.

Brenda is a compassionate person who cares about people like me.

Vote for Brenda Kupchick for state representative.


Joan Sclare



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