Meet our son, Landon who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2. When I started getting interested in creating handmade greeting cards, I found that he enjoyed assisting me with making them. Landon taught us that through determination and prayer anything is possible.
Life was very difficult, I faced many challenges such as losing my speech and behavior issues, but with early intervention and external supports from Psychologists, Speech and Occupational Therapists; I have worked through many of these challenges.
My parents moved to North Carolina due to the TEACCH program. In Fayetteville, my mom went through a TEACCH training class that introduced her to the Picture Exchange System (PECS). It was the result of this method that led me to communicating. We used Communication Boards and Visual Schedules boards to get through the days. It took many years but I did learn how to communicate. I still use various Chore Charts to remind me of my responsibilities.
My parents set many goals through the years so I can learn to function in the community. Through these goals, I learned to be respectful, courteous, life skills and ways to earn an income.
I follow various sports but my favorite sport is baseball. My favorite team is the Arizona Diamond Backs.
At a young age, math has been a strong point for me. I use those skills to create Excel spreadsheets of all the major league baseball teams.
Cooking has become a passion for me. I look forward to making a meal for my family once a week. Even though I have been making dinner for my family for a long time, I still require a lot of direction and assistance in the kitchen. I feel more comfortable each time I have the opportunity to be in the kitchen.
Finding employment has been difficult but with the help of Summit’s STEP Program, I was able to start a micro-business folding napkins for local restaurants. Another interest of mine has been learning how to create handmade greeting cards which I sell at various consignment shops and at RevFive5 Fitness where I volunteer on a weekly basis as a Barista.
I am looking forward to when LIFE Village in Boone becomes a reality. It will be a community where individuals with a disability can learn how to live independently while learning to work on life skills and have employment opportunities.
View what Landon is up to on Facebook: Landon’s Home Run Kitchen and Crafts. Landon’s Home Run Kitchen and Crafts is a fun inspirational, informational, educational page about cooking and crafts at home. The Recipes are created from various cookbooks. Landon enjoys creating greeting cards using Stampin’ Up products.
This page is to inspire anyone with a disabled loved one that they can achieve anything through a lot of love.
Vaya Health’s Article about Landon
If you are local to Ashe County you can find Landon’s Home Run Crafts at these area businesses: