Nmandi’s Story

Nmandi, our amazing 20-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when she was 3 years old. She spent so many years doing ABA at home as well as being in preschool full-time. She was the hardest working child we had ever known! Her hard work paid off as she went from almost zero receptive and expressive language to someone that can hold a conversation and engage verbally with others.

Nmandi is currently in the Post High School Program at Ivymount and has done internships at Gene DX and the Pan American Health Organization. She hopes to finish Post High School and attend college. Nmandi’s older sister just completed college and is preparing for graduate school. She also has a much older brother that lives out of state with his own family.

Nmandi enjoys shopping, dancing, acting and watching movies. She is currently a member of a two-year ensemble at Imagination Stage. Nmandi also participates in Special Olympics sports, dance classes and Best Buddies through Ivymount School.

Our family had often agonized over what would happen when Nmandi needed to live on her own. When we learned about Main Street, we were extremely excited that perhaps this would be what we had been hoping would be available for adults like Nmandi. We want to be involved with Main Street both on a professional level and a personal level. Being physicians, we hope to help and support Main Street members. We also hope that Nmandi will be able to have the opportunity to live at Main Street, and be able to utilize the many resources at the facility in a safe environment.

We really look forward to getting to know the Main Street family!