This Eve Samples column tells the story of a Florida pastor and his family, including a son with severe autism. Paul and Cecelia Thompson started The Hope Center for Autism in 2002. It now includes a public charter school for autistic students.
Books line almost every square inch of Pastor Paul Thompson’s office, but one waist-high shelf stands out from the others. It is packed with volumes examining the way the church addresses people with disabilities. This is the subject Thompson has been researching for his doctoral dissertation. He has been living his research, too. Thompson, the pastor at First Baptist Jensen Beach, and his wife, Cecilia, are the parents of four children — including 12-year-old Mark, who has a severe form of autism. via Eve Samples: A house torn apart by autism, a house of worship united by it » TCPalm.com.