Cathy Allen, Taylor’s mother, shares that “Taylor has the outward appearance of any other 23-year-old since he is on the high functioning end of the spectrum, so his FASD behaviors are often misunderstood – causing Taylor extreme anxiety and depression.” After a great deal of struggle and perseverance from Taylor and his family, Taylor earned his associate’s degree in electronics from a trade school.
Taylor currently works as a lead custodian at an area airport.
Once, when his local Morrison's changed its layout, Matthew was so overwhelmed he left without buying anything. As he struggles to live on his own, he is painfully aware how different his life would have been had his birth mother sought help for her binge-drinking.The counselor noticed a gap between action, reaction, and consequences, and had Taylor tested. When Taylor was born, his birth mother had disclosed to the doctor that she was dealing with alcohol dependence and drank alcohol while pregnant with Taylor.This information from Taylor’s parents was helpful to finally diagnose him with an FASD.The following adults wanted to share their stories on what life has been like for them growing up with FASD.From their experiences we can learn better ways that communities can nurture and support those living with FASD, and help individuals and families reach their full potential.