A Webster mom is committed to fundraising for research to find a cure for Autism | Families
Kate Clemont says her son is like Tigger.
“He spends a lot of time jumping,” she says.
Her son, Jack, is now 7, but was diagnosed with autism at age 2. From that time, he has had at least 20 hours of week of speech, occupational, and physical therapy as well as special education.
“When Jack was first diagnosed, we didn’t know where to turn,” Clemont said. “But, it could be worse ... He’s happy, healthy — and adorable. He has opened our eyes to what’s really important.”
Besides caring for her family, what has become important to Clemont is raising money for Autism Speaks, which she describes as “an international, grassroots research organization.” Autism Speaks also has a network of 14 autism treatment sites in the U.S., including one in Rochester, at the Kirch Developmental Services Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Her main focus is raising funds for research, though Clemont is also now a parent representative for the local treatment network.
Clemont is confident that researchers will find the answers to autism.