Tomorrow is the last day of April – the end of another Autism Awareness Month.
Autism is a complex developmental disability. Equally complex are the parents raising autistic children. Within the autism community there are varying opinions on almost everything. You may have heard that saying “If you’ve met one person with autism, then you’ve met one person with autism.” The same can be said about autism parents. Especially during the month of April.
Some will choose to light it up blue, others will wonder what’s the point. Some will proudly wear their puzzle piece pin, others will not. Some will call it Autism Awareness Month and others will refer to April as Autism Acceptance/Understanding/Education/Compassion Month. Some parents will celebrate this month and use it to raise awareness, others will ignore it all together. And for some parents, April is a painful reminder of how little has changed over the years.
Autism parents are aware every day. Autism Awareness Month is for everyone else.
I gathered twenty-two MUST READ autism awareness posts written by parents raising children with autism. Beautifully written, heartbreakingly honest, powerful and poignant – these parents provide insight into their day-to-day lives. If you want to be aware, understand, accept, educated or compassionate about autism – these are the folks to read. And I cannot thank them enough for sharing their children, their stories, their fears and their hopes with us.
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Read more of Lisa’s writing at AutismWonderland.
For more information, visit Babble’s Autism topics page.