Dear PCDI Friends
Part of the excitement of
having children is the anticipation and celebration of developmental
milestones; crawling, standing and walking, as well as understanding and
responding to others.
Some parents suspect
something isn’t quite right when their children don’t exhibit some of these responses
and skills. This is what happened with Derek, whose parents realized he wasn’t “just
a little” behind schedule.
Derek, like one in 45
children in New Jersey, was diagnosed with autism. Many parents of children
with autism never get a chance to celebrate these special moments, and many of
these children struggle to learn, interact with others, and develop
relationships. With an exceptionally
positive outlook, Derek’s parents were determined to find the best help
available for their son. They enrolled Derek at Princeton Child Development
Institute, where nearly half of children who receive early intervention
eventually transition to public or private schools. He has already made tremendous progress.
But more work needs to be
done, and more people need our help. I’m reaching out to you
with the hope that you’ll support our efforts with a charitable contribution to
PCDI. While researchers work to find a cure, PCDI will continue to provide
science-based intervention to help people with autism enjoy a happy life and
become active, productive members of their communities.
On behalf of the thousands
of people whose lives we have touched, as well as those who we will help in the
future, I thank you for your support.
Gregory S. MacDuff,