Oftentimes, Jake's biggest challenges are fear based. Along with Autism he is also diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder - NOS... among many other things. He writes to calm himself and to let others know what's going on in his head. As you read these snippets, read between the lines and feel his fear. Fear of someone being upset with him. Fear of Jail. Fear of not being perfect. Fear of people not understanding him. Fear of not being in control or able to control others.
Jake sent me a series (20) text messages to write this story. When he's upset he purges into notes/texts on his phone. They are in no particular order, but fascinating nonetheless. I've edited so they make sense, have some appropriate grammar, while keeping his message.
**Jake...you are an amazing young man. Thank you for changing the world one day at a time. I am honored to know you and call you my friend." Assistant Chief of Police Betsy Davis, Montgomery County Maryland Police Department
**Jake is a great kid who will be famous and rule the world one day. Good for us, to get on the Jake bandwagon early! Jake is motivational and represents both the struggles and accomplishments of a person with Autism.”
Ofc. Laurie Reyes, MCPD I/DD, Autism, and Dementia/Alzheimer's Special Division
**That kid is an amazing young man and I wish we could bottle his spirit and spread it around this country. Wow!"
Retired First Sgt. Chris McClellan, North Carolina Highway Patrol