Jacob's Audible - walk the NT Parkway for Autism

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Monday April 1, 2024 - Tuesday April 30, 2024

We would like to invite you to partner with us for the 3rd Annual 444 Mile Walk on the Natchez Trace Parkway from April 1st to April 30th.

On September 13, 2021, our son Jacob was diagnosed with autism. As parents, our lives were changed forever. Right away, we took all the necessary steps to give Jacob the support he needed in the best way we knew how. But there are more obstacles. Caring for an autistic child is not a straight line. We needed to move and adjust things in Jacob’s life that best fit his direction and path. We had to change the play. We had to call an audible.

In early 2022, my wife Jaime and I decided to take the first steps toward an organization called Jacob’s audible. We experienced other families’ needs for support and wanted to be part of that process. We want to educate and advocate for families from the beginning stages until they receive the best care possible. Starting with early intervention and diagnosis, to finding all the resources available to meet the needs of the children. Our long-term goal is to address the legislative approach on autism. Advocate for change in medical availability in rural areas, eliminate waiting lists for all services, more financial support on a state level, and building close relationships with other advocates and organizations in our city and state.

We will also provide financial support in the form of grants to anyone in need. We will create a community of hope, awareness, and understanding. Having autism in your family can be very isolating. Sometimes your resources can seem too limiting. We want parents to know they are not unaccompanied on this journey!! Sharing our story can help others. There is real hope. We can’t change autism, but we can change the play on autism!!!

Brad Meshell

For more information and how you can help, go to: jacobsaudible.com

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