“There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”
Gone Too Soon
My son, Brandon had a dream to become independent and live life his way and he accomplished it. Brandon passed away in his sleep at his home on November 24, 2014. While living independently he touched so many people. See the video below to learn about the positive and tremendous impact he had on others and what type of impact your child can make. There is HOPE!
To watch more of Brandon’s memorial, click here.
Donations can be made in memory of Brandon Cramer. This will help to support and educate special needs parents so their children can live an independent life like Brandon.
According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) new data on 3/27/2014, 1 in every 68 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism – a 30% increase from 2012.
Autism Independence Project is dedicated to helping adults with autism and special needs reach maximum independence, by teaching independence training for parents as well as how to prepare for when their children outlive them through various types of media:
- Seminar Series
- Training Programs
- Short Documentaries
- Speaking Tours
“Brandon and Amalia [founder of AIP and Brandon’s mother] represent the leading edge of a giant wave, the new generation of men and women confronting the challenge of leaving childhood behind and succeeding on their own as adults.”
-Chris Bury, Journalist and Correspondent for America Tonight
Over the next decade, hundreds of thousands of autistic children will reach adulthood. We need to have the resources in place to help them, and as parents and professionals, we need to know what to do.
Secret World Documentary & Film
I always knew that my son, Brandon had an independent “secret life”. It was not until he passed away that I learned about the depth and importance his secret life could mean for others along the autism trail.
I will be producing a documentary/film about the incredible impact he made in the lives of others and how he made friends and was accepted and loved for who he was.
This project is truly a mission of love and of great importance for families who have autistic children. It will demonstrate how Brandon created his own world and will give courage to special needs parents and fill them with hope about their children’s future.
What’ll I Do Without You, Mom?
Starr’s latest book, ”What’ll I Do Without You, Mom?” was just released, in which she writes all about, “How to Prepare for When Your Child Outlives You” and she also includes a separate in depth section on, “How to Achieve Maximum Independence.” The more independent our children are, the better it will be for them now and after their parents are gone.
Yes, talking about one’s mortality is never an easy or pleasant topic, but with our special needs children it may be the single most important thing a parent can do. Starr has found that when parents address this issue head on they feel a tremendous relief. No reason to put this off anymore, Starr’s book will take you hand in hand as she shares how she achieved this goal and how you can too.
Amalia Starr is a vendor with the San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center SGPRC, www.DDS.ca.gov, 916-654-1690