Ady’s Fins Inaugural Event (3/13/2017 - 08/02/2017)

Ady's Army is dedicated to sharing the invaluable skill of swimming with families throughout Alabama through Ady's Fins, a program in which a special swim coach is brought to Birmingham to train children with autism on how to swim and be safe around water. This campaign is for our inaugural training session with Coach Mary, where she will spend two weeks in Birmingham to provide training, coaching, and encouragement to our special-needs community. This is the branch the Schuberts are... Read more

Ady’s Barracks – Ayden (2/22/2016 - 12/15/2016)

Let me introduce you all to Ayden. Ayden is a nonverbal 8 year old boy who is sporadic, energetic, fun and very loving little boy. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. We were blessed enough to be able to adopt Ayden at the age of 5. Ayden fills our days with singing with his high pitch noises, the rocking, the spinning and flapping of his arms as he dances his way around our home. Days filled... Read more

Ady’s Paws-Mason (11/11/2015 - 10/13/2016)

Mason Clinton   Mason is our beautiful, smart, sensitive, loving, blue-eyed 4 year old. Mason has Autism Spectrum Disorder, severe anxiety, and possible seizure disorder. We have had a long, exhausting journey with Mason, and we still have not reached our “destination.” Mason was the perfect baby boy we had been waiting for. He was the first grandchild on my side of the family and would be the light of everyone’s lives! He was quiet, a champion nurser, happy, content,... Read more

Ady’s Wings-Andrew Festa (06/06/2016 - 09/13/2016)

Andrew Festa Andrew’s Story Andrew was the sunshine of his parents’ life from the day he was born. He met all developmental milestones early or on time. His path to autism was a little unusual with very subtle signs present as he approached his first birthday. He did begin having severe gastrointestinal issues at that time, but they were dismissed by doctors. At age two he began to receive speech and occupational therapies, but no one mentioned autism. He always... Read more

Ady’s Wings-Madison (11/11/2015 - 01/07/2016)

Madison Rice My husband and I learned about Madison not long after she was born. She was just 18 months old when she came to live with us, and we had no idea what her (dis)abilities were. I didn’t even know how to use her gtube. We adopted her on her third birthday! The day she had a huge seizure and we went to the trauma room of Texas Children’s, I had a huge knot in my stomach; this is... Read more

Ady’s Wings-Miles (08/11/2015 - 10/08/2015)

From Miles' Mom All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost-J.R.R Tolkien Miles Garcia Jackson blessed this world on a cool winter’s day.  I knew from the moment he was born that he was special.  Just how special remained to be seen.  He was born with 2 teeth and older nurses and hospital workers stopped by my room just to lay a hand on him.  “He’s lucky ma’am,” they’d tell me, eager to get close... Read more

Ady’s Paws – Eli (07/29/2015 - 9/21/2015)

  Eli Cooper           Eli Cooper's Story Eli is our 8-year-old son, who is autistic and non-verbal as well as physically handicapped. The first 18 months of his life, Eli appeared to be typically developing in every way except speech. His pediatrician wanted to start some speech therapy, and that’s where our journey began. We kept thinking, “Oh, boys are slower learners; he will get it,” but it never came. Then, we dove head first into... Read more

Ady’s Barracks-Ethan (06/18/2015 - 07/26/2015)

  From Ethan's Mom Ethan is an amazing 7 year old who has low functioning/severe autism. He is an absolute joy. He loves to dance and jump and spin, he loves letters and playing in water and making patterns out of things. He is the third of four children in our family. He has a 9 year old sister, an 8 year old brother, and a 5 year old little sister.  His dad is a computer support technician, and his... Read more

Ady’s Paws – Bond (06/02/2015 - 07/26/2015)

Bond Bond has severe autism. At eight years old, his twin sister is the model of health and well-being, but Bond has been battling developmental delays since he was born. At two and a half, Bond’s few words stopped coming, and his face went blank. He was diagnosed with autism. After relentless rounds of occupational, speech, and behavioral analysis therapy, Bond’s parents began to put him in special schools designed to help him. Bond responded to the therapy, but now... Read more

Ady’s Wings-Nate (06/02/2015 - 06/06/2015)

Nate From Nate's Mom I knew from the moment Nate was born and he looked through me, something was different. At two months, Nate was diagnosed with central nervous system disfunction. He was placed in early intervention. Countless therapies including trips to Nancy Kaufman Center in West Bloomfield, MI, enrollment in an oral deaf school, and ABA school. I prayed for answers and we were moved to Atlanta from Kentucky. In Atlanta, we found some answers at Emory/Maricus Insitute. Nate... Read more

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