|Birth: ||Jan. 3, 2001|
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 2009|
David Alexander Workman, 8, of Rush County, died Feb. 1, 2009 at Rush Memorial Hospital after a snowmobile accident.
Born Jan. 3, 2001 in Greenfield, he was the son of Robert and Angela "Jodi" (Philpot) Workman; both survive.
He was a first-grader at Mays Elementary School. He loved to draw and build with Legos.
Survivors in addition to his parents include brother, Ryan Ellis Workman of home; grandmother, Tena (Dennis) Rhodes of Rushville; aunts, Aimee (Chad) Bowles of Rush County, Joann (Bob) Holmes of Rushville and Julie Workman of Newburg; uncles, Richard (Angie) Workman of Rushville and Danny (Wendy) Workman of Mays; and 11 cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Merrill and Ida Jo Workman; and uncle, David Workman.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Moster Mortuary in Rushville with Ray Sweet III officiating. Burial will be in Rushville's East Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rushville Public Library or the Autism Society of America.
August 8, 2011
The Alex Workman Memorial Fund is an endowed fund established to help families in Rush County with autistic children pay for summer services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy, which might include horseback therapy, equipment not covered by insurance and camp registrations at special camps for autistic children.
The fund can also be applied for by educators wishing to further their education by increasing their knowledge in classes about autism and other special needs.
Alex Workman was a student at Mays Elementary School who was diagnosed with autism while in Head Start.
As a toddler, Alex was a very loving, happy child who seemed to develop normally for the most part. As he got closer to preschool age his family grew concerned that his language had not progressed as it should have and he wasn't socially active like other children his age.
They sought assistance with Rush County First Steps where he received some speech therapy before his third birthday. Around his third birthday he and his mother were introduced to Head Start, a comprehensive preschool program for at-risk children.
During Alex's enrollment in Head Start he received speech and occupational therapy.
Alex seemed like a normal, developing child on the surface. His speech was delayed while his gross motor skills were advanced; his social skills were delayed and so were his fine motor skills.
His Head Start teacher began to talk to his family about the possibility of a diagnosis other than just communication disorder; his speech therapist agreed.
Alex's teacher and therapists began researching different possibilities and collectively decided Alex should be evaluated by specialists. The closest testing site was at Riley Children's Hospital.
Three trips to Indianapolis later, the diagnosis came for Alex; he was autistic.
The puzzle was beginning to fit together. Although Alex was a very high functioning autistic child, he still faced the devastation that almost all autistic children face in the summer time, no services and lack of structured activities.
Autistic children thrive on structure and predictability. They get so used to the routine of the school year that when summer comes it causes chaos for these children. Unless families have Medicaid or private insurance that will cover private services for the summer these kids go three months with no assistance.
The Alex Workman Memorial Fund is set up to help these families with trying to keep some of their services during the summer.
Teachers can apply for monies from this fund to help pay for classes that will teach about working with autistic children.
This fund also will help pay for equipment not covered by insurance to be used by autistic children.
If you would like to know more about autism and how it affects everyone, you can visit a these websites: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca and http://www.autism-society.org.
This is the website for The Walk for Alex: http://neverforgotten020109.webs.com or find us on Facebook.
If you have any questions about the walk or the memorial fund please contact Marie Godar 765-561-7669, A. Workman at 765-561-4295 or Michele Houston at 765-561-4106.
East Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section 18
Created by: Greg Raike
Record added: Feb 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33533519