For parents of children with autism, support groups can provide a powerful way connect and learn from others who share similar experiences, dreams and challenges. These groups, however, are typically attended by mothers, leaving fathers with fewer opportunities to find encouragement in their day-to-day lives. In addition, men are socialized to be more stoic and are often less likely to share their feelings, frustrations and often hide their need for support. The result can be emotional isolation and depression.
An important component of The Answer, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing support, resources, education, recreation and advocacy for families in the greater Chicago area that are challenged with supporting family members with autism & developmental differences, is the Just for Men support group. Just for Men was created to cater to the needs of fathers dealing with individuals with autism or other mental impairments.
Take a few minutes to view the inspirational video Just for Men which was shown at the 2016 Targeting Autism Forum and included as part of Debra Vine’s talk on March 10th. Debra’s complete presentation is available here