VITALity assists families in securing ongoing services that will allow them to maintain care of their autistic child as he/she grows into adolescence and early adulthood. Many social service assistance programs cease to provide help to the individual and their families as they age, thereby creating ever increasing struggles and challenges to provide the care and comfort of a balanced home life that considers the dignity and quality of life of the autistic person and the emotional and spiritual needs of the entire family. To combat the isolation often experienced, we advocate for and provide programs that maintain a welcoming and accepting connection between the families and their parish, through liturgical and social celebrations.
A Prayer of St. Francis for Autism
By: Tim Tucker
Lord, let thy peace fill me up until I overflow;
that where people cannot speak, I may be their advocate;
that where anyone is rejected, I may extend my arms in welcome;
that where parents are heavy burdened, I may offer a word of comfort;
that where our children struggle, I may lift them up and cheer;
that where some see disability, I may reveal to them extraordinary gifts;
that where others judge, I may share with them my deep gladness;
and that where any are overlooked, I may help the lights of all to shine.
O Giver of these Gifts,
grant that I may not so much seek to be reassured as to reassure;
to be praised, as to praise;
to be accepted, as to accept;
for it is in all our uncertainty that we are inspired to hope;
it is in great challenges that we discover our greatest joys,
and it is in our community of wanderers that we find the way home.
Both Hands and a Flashlight
Parenting, Autism, and the Pursuit of Being Awesome