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This is our part of Jake’s Team for 2013. I call us Home Team.

My name is Ryan Whitehouse.

I have monster calves.

I am a thirty eight year old man who has been married to his high school sweetheart for 15 years now.  The fruits of that union are Gabriel (10 years old), Olivia (12 years old), and Jacob (14 years old).

My wife (Beth) and I dated for three years at Schenck High School, in East Millinocket, ME.  We both attended the University of New England in Biddeford, ME.  In five years, I got my Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy.  Beth managed to get an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  We married the month after college graduation, and began our family in June of the next year.  Things were going perfectly according to plan until…

Jacob was diagnosed with autism when he was three.  We packed up our city lives (Portland, ME) and moved back to our hometown to be closer to our parents/family/church.  I got a job at the local hospital and Beth became a stay at home mom.  Jacob needed (and deserved) someone who could be home with him at all times; not to mention the endless trips to therapies, behavioral specialists, and other clinicians.

Now, 11 years later, we live in the house I grew up in.  I still work at the local hospital, and Beth is a case manager at a special needs day program/school.  Jacob’s entering high school in the fall, and our other two are in middle school.  Gabe is a gymnast, soccer player, thespian, and word nerd.  Olivia is our social butterfly; a cheerleader, gymnast, ballerina, author, and budding musician.  Jacob is a YouTuber, comedian, expert video gamer, dinosaur connoisseur, and all around great kid.

Beth and I have become spokespeople for autism awareness and advocacy.  We’re the driving force behind Jake’s Team (though not the captain, that honor goes to Jake), which is the name we raise money and awareness under for the Autism Society of Maine.  We are also Autism Information Specialists.  We’ve been on parent panels, filmed commercials, and even starred (sort-of) in an hour-long documentary about Making Our Way: Autism.

I began this blog/website as an effort to expand our reach when demystifying autism.  I hope to share our successes and failures, insights and oversights, regarding autism and how it affects us.  More specifically, what it means to us through Jacob.  Hopefully you’ll learn something, preferably about autism.  At the very least, I hope you have a chuckle.

Ryan (bigcalfguy)

P.S.  Please contact me with questions you’d like me to answer about autism or life, or simply to reach out and say Hi.



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    • Jenna on January 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm
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    I absolutely love your blog. I work with 10 children ranging from 5-17 years old with autism. They are all so unique. I love reading about your family and look forward to seeing what the future holds.

    1. Thank you so much for saying so, Jenna. I’m happy to have you join us on our journey.

    • Seth on October 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm
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    Truly an inspiration to people of the closeness of family. I always think about you and family in hopes that someday I’ll have a family as amazing and strong as your is someday.

    1. Thanks, man. Very nice of you to say.

    • Sylvia Ouellette-Cyr on September 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm
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    The very first time I met you, Ryan, my impression was that you are a super-special person. Every time I have seen you, since then, you have always left me with such an unbelievable warmth in my heart and the thought of how utterly lucky I am to know you. You and Beth are absolutely amazing parents and your children, especially Jacob, are blessed to have you as “Dad & Mom.” Your rewards will be great in heaven!! Love, Sev❤️

    1. Sev, that may be the nicest thing anyone’s ever said! Thank you so much. I love you too!

  1. Great stuff Ryan! Great reading…

    1. Thanks, Josh! Great to hear from you.

    • Kim VanDine on August 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm
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    I remember you being one of my best friends. And Beth being a good friend as well. We all are truly blessed with great families. If you all ever come down to Maryland look me up.

    1. You bet. I count you amongst my best friends as well. I get a kick out of watching you with your kids on facebook. Should I ever get to Maryland, we’ll be sure to give you a call.

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