FROM BEARS: He spent 24 years institutionalized. He is now 33, and 9 months ago his mom dared to take her autistic son out of this facility to start a Son-Rise Program. We trained this courageous mom and her staff. Initially, this young man was super withdrawn, aggressive/violent, non-communicative. This week, I watched him work with our staff...he has become a gentle soul, communicating, interactive. NEVER GIVE UP HOPE.