BRAF launches new website for people with developmental disabilities

BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - LA.ExceptionalLives.org is a website for those on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities. 

"When I was watching the presentation, and I was just immediately having flashbacks to when my own son was diagnosed, and we didn't really know what to do. We didn't have any information. They just were like your son has autism. He may need institutionalization," said Shelley Hendrix, a parent and part of the NHS Shelley Hendrix Autism Center. 

"Our son is 17 years old, and when we were diagnosed, we had to go about the city to find the resources that were needed for him and decide for ourselves what was right and what was wrong. Hopefully, with the website this information will be readily available. We'll have access to providers that will enable the care to come more quickly and more efficiently," said Stephen Whitlow, a parent and the founder of Gaitway Transition Center. 

With an interactive resource directory, this free website gives caregivers and parents access to more than a thousand resources across the state.

"When you can light that map up, and you can see all the different resources that are out there to help our families, you don't feel nearly as alone," explained Hendrix. 

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation launched the site with help from organizations and companies here at home and across the country, including Exceptional Lives out of Massachusetts.  

Matt and Sherri McKay of All-Star Automotive helped to fund this website. 

If you would like to see the site for yourself, just click here

 

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