FROM BEARS: He spent 24 years institutionalized…He is now 33 and 9 months ago his mom dared to take her autistic son out of this facility to start a Son-Rise Program. We trained this courageous mom & her staff. Initially, this young man was super withdrawn, aggressive/violent, non-communicative. This week, I watched him work with our staff…he has become a gentle soul, communicating, interactive. Never give up hope.