Think of The Drive for Rebecca as a journey of hope for all individuals with autism. The Drive has created a message
for the world to see and hear, loud
and clear: AUTISM IS A GROWING PROBLEM IN
AND AROUND THE WORLD.
By supporting The Drive for Rebecca, you will feel the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution will help improve
the lives of thousands of individuals and families affected by autism, while bringing us closer to finding a cause, appropriate
treatments and a cure.
These educational methods will open doors for children and adults that might otherwise remain closed, helping them to
become productive members of their communities and families. Through The Partnership for Autism Education™,
we will increase availability of state-of-the-art, science based, educational intervention services for individuals with
autism and their families. This new initiative will help identify, train and provide professional guidance to directors
of new programs, helping to improve the lives of many individuals with autism.
Proceeds support research by Autism Speaks and the Organization for Autism Research (OAR).
(View our video about The Drive for Rebecca)
In 1996, we were blessed with a beautiful and sweet baby girl named Rebecca Joy. When Rebecca was seven months
old, we felt “something was not right.” After visiting the best doctors in
very rare genetic disorder (with no name and less than 200 known cases worldwide), with some autistic tendencies.
LIFE AS WE KNEW IT HAD CHANGED FOREVER. November 1996 was the beginning of a lifelong, painful,
process of trying every type of therapy, nearly five-days-a-week, constant doctor visits for recurrent illnesses, febrile
seizures, several hospitalizations and many sleepless nights.
Rebecca has made great progress physically, however cognitively she moves at a much slower pace. Rebecca does not
speak, nor does she demonstrate a strong ability to communicate. While we are very fortunate that she has no serious life
threatening medical issues, we have struggled emotionally and physically every day. We also try as much as we can every
day to celebrate her wonderful accomplishments no matter how small, her big smiles, and enjoy our time together as a family.
Every small thing Rebecca does must be taught with a great deal of repetition, and the fact that she is learning to imitate
(a major stepping stone towards using a picture based communication system) brought tears to our eyes. With assistance,
Rebecca has learned to ski (very big video file), she rollerblades, can ride a bicycle, loves swimming, goes horseback riding
and is a big fan of
of her accomplishments.
Michey & Jon Singer, Rebecca’s parents
For updates 1) about upcoming events to help find the cause and a cure 2) with more helpful information
and 3) and to be notified of the publication of The Special Needs Caregiver Survival Guide,
send email to:
The Drive for Rebecca, Inc.