According to CDC, in 2013 1 out of 50 school age children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Makilala’s upcoming episode talks about the Faces and Strengths of Autism with Cheryl Ocampo, the Founder and Director of Queens County Parents Autism Coaliton, Inc (QCPAC).
Just One Thing One on One with Cheryl Ocampo:
M: What’s your weakest moment?
C: My weakest moment is when I see my daughter having difficulty to complete a task. It’s very disheartening to see her struggle with tasks that the general population can accomplish so easily such as tying one’s shoe laces.
M: What’s your strongest moment?
C: My strongest moment is when I witness my daughter accomplish a small, but significant task such as expressing verbally what she wants or feels.
M: What is a normal day like?
C: A normal day for us follows a strict routine much like any one else’s except it includes therapy for my daughter in school. However, I do try to throw her off routine sometimes in order to prepare her for the real world.
M: Do you get to take time off for yourself?
C: I have to take time off for myself from time to time. That time off usually occurs in the evening after bedtime or when my daughter visits with her father. It helps keep me grounded and balanced.
M: Autism awareness, how do you think people can help?
C: It’s very important that people should know the signs of autism even if autism does not affect them personally. If people were more aware, then I believe they would be open to assisting in the autism community.