Teresa Lucas | Life Without Limits | Flint, MI

This episode, we’re in Flint Michigan. It’s situated about an hour outside of Detroit—the Motor City. We all know about the economic downturn of the automotive industry that hit D-town especially hard. And by extension Flint saw its primary labor force decrease by as much as one-tenth over a stretch of roughly four decades. But within the last twenty years, the city has been attempting a bounce back, only to be have been hit by a continuous string of financial hardships, along with strains placed on local government to enhance the city’s failing infrastructure. 

So now the city’s roughly 100,000 residents continue pushing forward. Teresa Lucas is a resident just outside the metro area in the town of Grand Blanc. Her business is Life Without Limits, a social enrichment program that helps train children with autism to function within traditional educational and social environments. For families coping with autism—that is certainly enough of a challenge, only to be compounded by the ongoing pandemic. Teresa’s own experience raising a child with autism informs her approach to supporting families during these trying times. Naturally, anything on top of the stress of COVID-19 tends to place parents on edge and push families to the breaking point. 


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