Friday, May 27, 2011
Mom, Son Press for Autism Services, Awareness
RYE BROOK, N.Y. — As the mother of an autistic son, Doris Perez aims high in her efforts to raise awareness — as high as the Empire State Building.
Three years ago, she lobbied successfully for lighting the building in blue, symbolic of autism, on the eve of the official World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. She said her son, Emil Jensen, came up with the idea.
"When he dreams of something, and when he dares hope for something, I feel that I have to help him," Perez said from her kitchen in Rye Brook. "And I have to push it."