2014 Photographer Index_Miller_Amber Morgan_Adam
My daughter, Maria, was diagnosed with autism in 2007. She is high functioning autistic but also has a mental impairment disability. Her mental capacity is half her body age. Doctors have told me she will never be able to live on her own as the mental impairment will follow her all her life. In other words, when she is 30, her mental capacity will be that of a 15 year.
I do not believe that this is true. Doctors have been proven wrong in the past. I believe in her. She is good with math and science but struggles with reading and writing. She loves to play video games, listen to music, as well as color and draw her own art. She loves dinosaurs, reptiles and insects. So much so, that she will choose a dinosaur themed toy over any girl themed toy any day.
She participates every year at Special Olympics here in our county. In the spring of 2012, after she won the Silver Medal, she told me that in the next Special Olympics, she wanted to win the Gold medal. At the 2013 Special Olympics, she not only won a Gold Medal, but also Silver and Bronze medals. I am so proud of her.
And believe it or not she teaches me something every day. I am so honored to have been chosen to be her mother. She is such a beautiful blessing in my life. I am thankful to share her story here.
Camille, mother of Maria
Flowery Branch, GA