It’s normal for Chris Holmes to tear up when he teaches at Miriam Academy. He does so because he sees his 23-year-old autistic son in the faces of his students.
“It was ... challenging to raise him. My gosh, it was so hard,” Holmes said. “And he needed a place like this. And it didn’t exist.”
He could find no school that would teach his son the way he needed to be taught, or had the patience to not give up on him. His son struggled, lost all confidence in his abilities and did no school work from sixth grade to graduation.