In many ways, Chase is just a regular teenager. In others ways, his autism makes him different and exceptional. As an infant, one of the things that was different about Chase was his aversions to most foods, which is a common symptom of autism. The fight to get Chase properly nourished and trying new foods was a monumental challenge for his mom, Mary. Even before he started preschool, Mary worked with physicians, therapists and educators to ensure that Chase would receive the kind of specialist therapy he needed to develop the coping skills that would allow him to live life to the full, and to help him overcome his issues with food. Along the way, Mary noticed that Chase, on his own, had started watching various cooking shows and had developed a keen and genuine interest in the culinary world. At this point, some life-changing breakthroughs occurred.
For Chase, the culinary world became the venue through which the whole world began to really open up for him - he went from only eating the same 5 foods, to wanting to try more exotic foods like foie gras and frogs’ legs; and he had discovered a common and concrete way to connect with others and engage in life.
Food became a way to begin building relationships and manifesting dreams; and to learn about life in ways that are meaningful to Chase, and compatible with how he processes information and perceives the world. Long story short, using Chase’s own dreams and aspirations within the culinary and entertainment industries as her guide, Mary decided to leave her corporate positon in management to embark on a journey that she never could have imagined.
That journey includes home schooling Chase, and helping him to prepare for and realize his ambitions, so that he can lead of a life of self-sufficiency, personal fulfillment, positive relationships, philanthropy, and joy.
Chase ‘N Yur Face is about the adventure of looking beyond barriers and creating something unique that wonderfully exceeds expectations; and encouraging others to do the same.