Magnolia & Esther
Magnolia and Esther had several play dates while they were cozy in their momma’s bellies. On their very first play date in the outside world Magnolia was just 6 days old while Esther was just shy of 3 months by 3 days. Their mothers made a pact to have a play date every month, so their daughters would of course be best friends too. Play dates were scheduled regularly until the pandemic. Facetime and picture exchange had to suffice for a short time.
That is something I am very grateful for. Not everyone can handle the differences as well as Miranda has. It’s humbling for me to witness and it makes me want to be a better friend to her and do whatever I can to support her and Magnolia.
After Magnolia’s diagnosis, I searched for extracurricular programs for her to be involved in. Unfortunately, there isn’t much in the Baton Rouge Area. I then began to think about how I could fix this issue. The latest study shows that every 1 in 44 children is autistic. Why aren’t there more extracurricular programs and why aren’t other programs more inclusive of neurodivergent children?
This is how the Foundation was formed. Creating inclusive play dates for all children so that they might learn from each other through play. After all, an autistic child grows up to be an autistic adult. Just as a neurotypical child will grow up to be a neurotypical adult. Exposing kids to different learning abilities will one day create a more inclusive society.