My son, Jabby, was referred to ILLC for the Culinary Arts and Food Services for summer of 2009. After evaluation by the director, Archie David, it was deemed best that Jabby join the Social and Life Skills Program for that period. By the start of school year 2009-2010, we enrolled him in Class B, morning session at ILLC. Jabby, like most children with autism, has been through a lot of therapy. It was only after that summer at ILLC did I realize how much of a "regular" boy he was. He found a best friend, Cornell. He could wash cars, make perfume, go to a bar (!), enjoy dance class and have a foot spa!!!! Jabby was excited to go to ILLC for classes in June. I must admit it was such a long and challenging adjustment period for him (and his teachers). But day by day, we could see how much he had armed himself with skills we thought would take longer (even never) for him to develop. There are "good" and "bad" days for Jabby. And somehow, the "good" became more frequent than the "bad" ones. It cannot be denied that improvement with children wi th autism also comes as they grow older. But the work ILLC has done for Jabby and all others certainly must be lauded and appreciated. It is with ILLC that we saw Jabby realize he had a world outside his head. Maybe it was the tender and loving care that the teachers patiently gave all their students. Or the enthusiasm the school gives for their activities. Whatever it is, we are very grateful that ILLC gave Jabby a chance.
Testimony By: Maria Concepcion Vesagas