About Hillside Haven
In 2014 we had the privilege of visiting Sunridge Ranch and meeting Joe and Sandy Spezialy. After spending time with them and meeting the residents, we realized that we had found what we had dreamed for our boys was actually possible.
In 2019 a dear friend of ours decided to help us realize our dream by supporting us financially. We found a fixer upper home on 6 acres in Ellensburg, Washington and went to work on making that house into the boys' new home. Ana's career as a Holistic Health Coach will provide teaching and guidance not only to Hillside Haven but hopefully to the whole community
About Christian and Austin
Austin and Christian were born in the early 1990’s. They were diagnosed with severe autism at age five, which is rather late in their development for this diagnosis. Though this has created many hardships and disappointments, we as a family, have worked hard every day to make life better for them.
The Boys’ Education and Work
Austin and Christian graduated from Camas High School in 2015 (Camas WA) through the school’s special needs training program. After graduation they began work with a local employment agency, SEH of America. Christian worked for almost 3 years and Austin for a year and a half. Unfortunately, they were unable to hold these positions due to behavioral issues. One of the unfortunate side effects of autism is the inability to consistently remain employed. The employment rate for those on the development disability spectrum is approximately 30%.
Vocational Employment Benefits at The Trellis Center
Through donations from the Austin and Christian Warner Wellness Fund - CAWWF, Austin and Christian, and others with Autism, will be able to receive support, training and develop relationships through the efforts of the Trellis Center.
The Trellis Center Vocational training program fosters a sense of purpose in young adults with disabilities by building lifelong connections through agriculture, recreation, and interaction. At the Trellis Center they are equipping the next generation of workers with the business, leadership, and teamwork skills they need to be successful through their entrepreneurship program. Self-employment, entrepreneurship, and small business ownership is a powerful pathway for the disability community.
Curt & Ana Warner
We know God puts each of us on this earth for a purpose; our purpose is to be good parents for all of children: Jonathan, Christian, Austin, and Isabella. Curt Warner was a honors graduate in Communications, a two-time All-American at Penn State, 2009 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, and a former All-Pro running back for the Seattle Seahawks. A three – time Pro Bowler, Warner was inducted into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor in 1994. Curt serves on the Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America.
Ana Warner has dedicated her life to the care of her family and the study and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Both she and her husband have served as keynote speakers at the National Autism Conference at Penn State and the Texas Autism Conference in San Antonio. The Warner Boys is their first book.