“Our mission at Seiji’s Bridge is to bring communication, courage, and empowerment to people impacted with developmental differences. We serve the demographic of youth that don’t get the equal opportunities of education, love, and work. The most impactful citizens in our world’s history have been disabled. We strive to discover, support, and empower the next Stephen Hawking (ALS), Albert Einstein (learning disability), and Temple Grandin (Autism).”
Alex and Seiji
When Alex was 2 1/2 years old and Seiji was 8 months they interacted with each other, Alex and Seiji would play. Alex would lie down next to Seiji and Seiji would respond in a very loving way. Both boys enjoyed each other’s company by making faces at each other.
At 14 months Seiji started having seizures. Alex and Seiji’s relationship started to change. There was more focus put on Seiji since he would seize 20 to 30 times in a day. The opportunities for Alex and Seiji to play disappeared. Seiji’s seizures were scary for the entire family.
Seiji’s seizures stopped when he was 2 years old and he diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. From his hundreds of seizures Seiji lost his social skills. Alex did not know how to interact with Seiji after his seizures and diagnosis of autism.
Seiji and Alex lived under the same household, but did not know how to socially connect. They never were able to have a verbal conversation. They could never laugh together over a cartoon, joke, or story. As brothers, it was hard to find something to do together. Their interactions were stressful and not a typical brotherly relationship.
In high school, Seiji started to show interest in music and physical activity. Alex saw his interests and imagined a way to have a closer relationship with Seiji through his interests. Alex combined a MP3 speaker with a ball and disc to create the Eli Ball and DiscJam. Through playing with these toys Alex and Seiji were able to laugh, sing, and dance in a whole new way like never before.