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Autistic Kids Are Amazing. Autistic Kids Should Be Understood.

By Lisa Quinones-Fontanez |

Earlier this week, I read a post promoting a flash blog meant to raise awareness of and challenge attitudes towards autistic peopleInitiated by autistic blogger, Alyssa of “Yes, That Too” after the pro-autistic Facebook page Âû  (Autistic Union) shared disturbing Google search auto options for Autistic People are and Autistic People should. The carnival welcomes bloggers to share their stories of Autistic People are and Autistic People should ”[to change] search strings and the search results by way of putting good things out there.”

The post led me to search Autistic Kids Are and Autistic Kids Should and the results were equally disturbing.

Sad Autistic Kids Are

Sad Autistic Kids Should

Granted, they are not all horrible but it’s still terrifying, heartbreaking, unthinkable. And if I were a mom new to the autism diagnosis and I found this, I’d feel even more scared and alone.

It’s been almost five years since my son Norrin’s autism diagnosis. I’ve met enough autistic children and adults to know that they are stigmatized by people and children who do not understand.

It is time for everyone to understand. 1 in 88 kids are diagnosed with autism1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is the “fastest growing developmental disability.” April may be Autism Awareness month but for me, for parents of autistic kids and for autistic adults – Autism Awareness is every single day.  So I asked some autism parents to share a little something positive about their kids.

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Autistic Kids Are/Autistic Kids Should

Autistic Kids Should Be Free To Flap

It is one of my favorite things about my son now, his flapping. I love watching his arms build momentum, love knowing his hands and heart are free, love wondering if indeed one day he will soar into the sky, knowing that if he did I would wait forever and a day for him to come back to me.
[Andrew, 10 years old]
Photo Courtesy of Jo Ashline – A Sweet Does of Truth

Would love your thoughts! Fill in the blanks (in the comments) about your kids.

Autistic kids are _________.

Autistic kids should _________.

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Lisa Quinones-Fontanez

Lisa Quinones-Fontanez is a secretary by day, writer by night and Mami round the clock. Her blog, Atypical Familia, chronicles the life and times of two typical parents raising one extraordinary kid in NYC. Atypical Familia is a personal blog that focuses on autism, work/life balance, family entertainment and so much more! Read bio and latest posts → Read Lisa's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “Autistic Kids Are Amazing. Autistic Kids Should Be Understood.

  1. mbaker says:

    Autistic kids are diverse. My son has Aspergers and one thing I’ve learned is that ASD manifests itself differently in different kids. They are just like snowflakes in that no two are alike. When someone asks me how they can help an ASD they are working with at school, scouts, etc. I tell them that it’s most important to get to know the child and his or her parents because the challenges faced vary from child to child. There’s no blanket answer.

  2. celine says:

    I more than agree with this article! It’s truly inspiring to hear of this. Where can you learn some ways to connect with autistic kids better?
    Celine |

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