What We Need - Tanya Samuelson

May 7, 2020

My name is Tanya Samuelson and I am the mother of two boys Ryder & Bryton with autism in Meridian, ID. The COVID-19 emergency has had a huge impact mostly on my 15-year-old Bryton. He is a very structured and routine person. Making changes to how things are done or where can be a huge struggle for him. He is not able to go out in the community with his staff. I see how stressed he is every day and I am not sure exactly what all he is thinking about. I know the other day he stated that he is disappointed. It is so important for people to understand that for those with a disability it is very difficult to just change how they do things! So we are experiencing a major transition that even when we get to go "back to normal" that will be a transition as well.