Central Illinois’ DSC Tree of Hope family for 2017 is working to spread a message about autism awareness and acceptance of people’s differences.
The Sprau family, of Fisher, has two children with autism. Alex, 5, and Lexi, 3, are both on the autism spectrum, which creates some unique challenges for the family. However, with the support of Developmental Services Center, known as DSC, the family is able to get the support they need. It is something the family says proved very valuable shortly after they were diagnosed.
“I think when your child is diagnosed with a disability, it is kind of a lonely road. So you are kind of like where do I go from here? What’s next, what do we do?” says Jill Sprau.
As the DSC Tree of Hope family, the Sprau’s hope to not only spread awareness about the organization itself, but also help educate people about autism and help foster acceptance of how autistic people often think and act differently than others.
For more information about the DSC Tree of Hope campaign, you can visit their website.