Archive for March 3rd, 2016


Eli’s Story



Eli is a ten year old boy who attends the Pioneer School.  He lives with his mom, dad, and sister. His family is his biggest advocate and supports him in every aspect of his life, along with helping to support Autism Awareness.  He is a child who is non-verbal autistic.  While Eli may not be able to speak to you utilizing traditional methods of communication, he still has a lot to say.  He speaks in many different ways using pictures, his body, showing people what he wants, and also making sounds.

He loves to swim, jump, swing, and take walks.  He loves his I-pad and spoons.  Eli at times gets anxious and needs something to fidget to help calm his nerves.  His absolute favorite spoons are long handled but sometimes any silverware will work.  He bends and shapes the spoons until they feel right in his fingers.  He at times seems to not be able to get them right even though he tries really hard.  A lot of times he ends up breaking the spoons.  His mom and dad have a lot of broken and unique formed spoons at their house.  Eli’s dad, mom, and sister Eryne came up with an idea to use his spoons to create works of art that help promote Autism Awareness.  Eli loves this idea and thinks it is really wonderful.  Now his mom isn’t so upset when the spoon breaks because she uses them to help Eli create these beautiful works of art!  This makes Eli really happy and he hopes that his spoon art makes you feel the same way!

-Lovingly submitted by Eli and his family

The Pioneer Center would like to extend their heartfelt thanks for giving us the opportunity to share Eli’s story. We encourage you to get to know the stories of the other people we are proud to serve during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month – March 2016.

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Art Showcase


Give a listen to our spot on WBEX’s Sounding Board where Pioneer joins representatives from the Pump House to discuss this evening’s BIG EVENT! Please join us from 6-8 at the Pump House Center for the Arts (1 Enderlin Circle, Chillicothe) for the grand opening of our art showcase. For more information on this event and other in honor of DD Awareness Month, visit