"Chanh (CJ), age twenty-six, is a larger than life personality
Born with the diagnosis of autism on the more profound end of the spectrum, he may be non-verbal but does not lack in modes of communication. His charm, charisma and vocalizations light up a room. CJ is a well-traveled guy and adept at fine motor tasks. His pride and joy can be found in making bracelets from seeds and stones collected from beaches in Costa Rica and Thailand. To date he has made over 1,200 bracelets and raised over $6,000 dollars donated to various causes, primarily those who help other folks with autism. We like to think his bracelets bring a little of our own happiness to others.
Peter, father of CJ