Today we welcome Cherie and Ron Schadler to Autism Empowerment Radio. They are parents to Joey Schadler, an inspirational Eagle Scout with Asperger's who overcame some tough challenges on his scouting journey and has mentored other scouts on the autism spectrum.
We wanted to bring Cherie and Ron on air to share what their own journey has been like, both in parenting and homeschooling a son on the spectrum and in learning that they too self-identify as having Asperger's.
Cherie first learned about Asperger's when her son was 15 and realized that the characteristics described both her son and her husband. Later she realized as she learned more about the autism spectrum that not only does her son and husband identify with the spectrum but she does too, which has helped life make more sense and helped to explain some of the everyday struggles they faced with communication, socializing and how to best teach and parent their son.
It has not always been an easy journey but through self-discovery, a long-lasting love for each other and the grace of God, they have made it through and want to share their journey so that they may be able to help other parents who may be experiencing similar circumstances.
Cherie and Ron met as children and married in 1984. They have a love for music, the outdoors and helping others. They are founders of Bayou Town Productions, a traveling educational puppet show that has been in business since 1990. Cherie is the author of "Welcome to Bayou Town!" and "When the Rain Came Down in Bayou Town."
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