The Chosen Ones
In April of 2021, Mario and Precious Alexander's son Rio was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of 3 years old; the year they would remember forever. Rio's diagnosis turned into a year of late night hours of researching and learning what autism was and how they could best support their son.
A year of gaining knowledge on ASD and having a passion to do more for not only her son, but individuals and families alike; Precious felt the need that something had to be done. She couldn't just be Rio's parent, she had to be his voice and his advocate. In April of 2022, she recalled telling her mom that she had an intuitiveness moment, she says was her "God-Given Vision"and took it upon herself to plan an Autism Awareness community event in her hometown with only 5 days of planning to raise public awareness. On April 30th, the event consisted of 50 children and adults that traveled as far from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Thibodaux and Vacherie, Louisiana to show their support. From there, a family of shared experiences were formed that lead her to creating a caregiver support group including parents of children diagnosed with ASD; that platform allowed her to connect with other parents just like her to learn needs, share resources, and more importantly to be a listening ear of the everyday life as a parent raising children with special needs. As the dreams, confirmations, and support from family and mentors grew, so did the intuitiveness "God-Given Vision."
November of 2022 was the beginning of something special had come to fruition.
The Chosen Ones Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was birthed by Precious; the mom of an autistic son with a vision and a purpose.
We believe individuals with Autism can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
We are on a mission to raise public awareness, acceptance, inclusion and increase advocacy efforts about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the community ; while also providing assistance to individuals with ASD and families in need due to therapy expenses, sensory equipment and other needs not covered by insurance or simply having financial hardship with supporting their child's needs.
We see a present and future world of inclusion, that will embrace individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder for who they are with open arms, while advocating and supporting them to thrive in all aspects of life.